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Poverty Simulation to be held on October 3

Posted: Friday, September 2, 2016

Do you really know what it’s like to live in poverty? 32.9 million Americans, 11.7 million of whom are children under the age of 18, live in poverty every day. It is difficult for those who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make and the fears and frustrations they feel.

A Poverty Simulation will be held on Monday, October 3 at Victory Noll from 6 to 9 p.m. This experience will help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive month to month. Take a couple hours to put yourself in the shoes of someone living in poverty and understand what it is like. Victory Noll is located at 1900 W. Park Drive.

How does it work? The simulation is conducted in a large room with the “families” seated in groups in the center. Around the perimeter the tables representing community resources and services including: bank, super center, community action agency, employer, utility company, pawn broker, grocery, DFS, payday and title loan facility, mortgage company and school and childcare facility. Participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty: newly unemployed, recently deserted by the “breadwinner,” recipients of TANF, senior citizens receiving social security and grandparents raising their grandchildren. The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15 minutes “weeks.”

Register for the Poverty Simulation by calling the Extension office at (260) 358-4826 or email kdhinsha@purdue.edu. Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m. on October 3. For questions regarding other extension programs, please contact us: Purdue Extension, Huntington County Office, (260) 358-4826 or visit us at 1340 S. Jefferson Street.