It is difficult for those of us 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. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS).
This dynamic workshop provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home.
As one participant commented, "This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth ‘that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!’"
In order to make this a successful workshop, we need 60-80 participants and volunteers who would like to take part in the simulation. As a thank you for volunteering your time lunch will be provided.
There are various roles that each person will fulfill within the simulation. Some will participate as members of families all experiencing varying aspects of poverty. Some will participate in social service provider roles, providing resources to the family participants living in poverty. Both roles are equally valuable and the large group debrief at the close of the simulation is really quite eye-opening and encourages some very necessary conversation on the topic of poverty.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to educate our community on the reality of poverty issues in our valley.
Date & Location
2017 Date/Time TBD
Contact: Olivia MacMaster 509-662-6156 or firstname.lastname@example.org