***Update*** We are postponing the poverty simulation on December 10th to a TBD date in March. We want to make sure it is a rich, full experience for both volunteers and participants and this will give us the opportunity to open up registration to more participants for this experience. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you in March!
Have you ever “walked in the shoes” of someone experiencing poverty? Join us on December 10th (1-5PM) at the Salem First Presbyterian Church for a poverty simulation experience. Register here by December 3.
The poverty simulation is a learning tool that will help you gain a better understanding of the daily realities of poverty. Poverty simulation participants not only walk away from the training with a better understanding of poverty and how it can impact lives and decisions, but our participants have made individual changes, as well as organizational changes, as a result of what they have learned.
“GREAT Hands-on learning. I did not come in <with> a goal. I attended because I was expected to attend. This impacted me deeply. I have family members…who are experiencing poverty and I learned that my judgment of them has not only been not — helpful, but detrimental. Thank you — Profoundly!”
During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of people experiencing poverty. Some are children, some are senior citizens receiving Social Security, and some are individuals or parents receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps). There are a variety of people and lives that participants will be role-playing.
Each participant has the task to provide for their basic needs, such as food, shelter, paying bills, and getting ahead through employment and education. Participants will interact with human services agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, employers, police officers, and others in this experience.
Although there are props and play money, the simulation is not a game. Poverty is real for many community members, including 22,173 Salem residents. The simulation enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within the community.
Register today! Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (971) 599‑3093.