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Warrick County Poverty Simulation and Bridges Out of Poverty Training
April 27, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$20
“We invite you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by living on the edge.”
This simulation will dramatically demonstrate how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive day by day in poverty. Poverty Simulations have been created as a way to help people understand the realities of poverty. During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low income families. Some are TANF recipients, some are disabled, and some are senior citizens on Social Security. They have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” They interact with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers, and others. Although play money is used, Poverty Simulations are not a game. It is a simulation that enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities. The simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families, as well as to create a broader awareness of the realities of poverty among policymakers, community leaders, and others.