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The Poverty Simulation
Poverty Simulation

A Hands-On Glimpse into Poverty

Paying the rent or taking your kids to the doctor. Buying food or keeping the power on. We hear about those things and more, but many of us don’t know what it’s like to live that way.

When:

Wednesday, November 29, 6:00-8:30pm in The Square at the 84th St. Campus. It's FREE for the first 50 people who sign up! Dinner is available (see below for details)!

The Poverty Simulation Workshop

As part of our vision of Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, one way we’re raising our “Poverty IQ” is by offering Living on the Edge Poverty Simulations. The idea is the more you understand about financial hardship, the more you’ll have a heart to help those in need.

What to Expect

The simulation is a hands-on, 2.5 hour workshop designed to show you what living in poverty is like. You’ll role-play the life of a family living in poverty. Volunteers from ACCESS of West Michigan create a community of stores, organizations and agencies your “family” interacts with for four 15-minute weeks. During your "month" in poverty, you’ll have to maintain your housing and pay bills, all the while caring for your family, and dealing with various circumstances.

We need 50 participants to make this work, so please sign up and let us know you'll be here!

Who Can Participate?

Anyone high school age and above.

When / Where?

Wednesday, November 29, 6:00-8:30pm in The Square at the 84th St. Campus (1675 84th Street SE, Caledonia, MI, 49316). It's FREE for the first 50 people who sign up!

Important Note: Dinner is available (suggested donation of $4/person or $15/family) 5-6pm and childcare is available (infants – 5th grade) as long as you sign up by November 17 (more details when you click into the sign up form).

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For More Information

There's more detailed information and an introductory video about The Poverty Simulation workshop on ACCESS of West Michigan's web page.

Director of Outreach

Tracy Bowers
Tracy Bowers

P 616.698.3170 ext. 1011
Email Tracy