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Could you survive a month in poverty?

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This interactive experience aims to distill myths about poverty and encourage participants to become involved in activities which help reduce poverty in our communities.
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Upcoming Dates

  • March 13 from 6:00-8:30pm at Thornapple Community Church
  • April 8 from 6:30-9:00pm at GRCC Applied Tech Center

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The Poverty Simulation workshop is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from week to week. The object of the experience is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people, and to motivate participants to become involved in activities which help reduce poverty in our community.

The experience is 2.5 hours long. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants share their reactions and experiences. To conclude the workshop, volunteer staffers will share their personal stories of living in poverty or working with people in poverty.

Who should attend?

  • Staff and volunteers of congregations
  • Food pantry workers
  • Community leaders
  • Students, teachers, counselors
  • Businesses
  • Social Service staff
  • Anyone who desires a greater understanding of situations faced by low-income people

Check out the Access website for more information on upcoming dates or for more information!

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