Poverty Simulation

A root cause of many of the issues in our community is poverty, and we believe that for many people it is difficult to really understand what it means to be poor.  When we found out about CAP’s Poverty Simulation program we knew we had to do it! Our event is scheduled for Saturday, March 30. What’s a little different from our other DGR events is that this time we invited elected officials to attend before we opened it to the general public, because elected officials are the ones who have to power to address issues of poverty.  We are happy so many accepted our invitation.

Now it your chance.  Register here:  Register.   You can also register by simply sending an email to Kathy Ramundt at kramundt@hotmail.com.

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Why a Simulation?

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families.  But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand.  The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives. CAPS exists to:

  • Promote Poverty Awareness

During the simulation, role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families’ lives.

  • Increase Understanding

After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.

  • Inspire Local Change

Together, you can be a voice to end poverty in your family, friends and community.

What happens during a Simulation?

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Meet Ann Aber. Like many people in poverty, Ann faces the daily struggle to keep a roof over her head and her children fed. Ann is just one person in the up to 26 families part of the Poverty Simulation.

During the Poverty Simulation, you will take on the identity of someone like Ann. You will work together with your family to live a month in poverty.

Your Simulated “community” is a large room. You and your neighbors’ “homes” are chairs in the center. The services you need like banks, schools and grocery stores are tables that line the perimeter of the room.

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Like real life, you need transportation to work or school. You need food on the table. You might struggle with a chronic illness.  Throughout the month you will face the daily stresses and challenges a person in poverty faces.

Again, this simulation is not a game. It is based on the stories of real life Community Action clients.

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Overview video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEsjpMfMEPs&feature=share