Poverty Simulation

Join us Friday, February 2 from 6:30 – 8:30pm for a Poverty Simulation. All Welcome! Childcare Provided.

What are you signing up for? A poverty simulation is part role-play, part-monopoly, part game of Life (on overdrive). During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources staffed by low-income volunteers.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes a recent Poverty Simulation: “It is set up with tables along the walls manned by people playing representatives of a bank, school, day care center, employer, homeless shelter, grocery, rent collector, payday lender, pawn shop, police station, utility company and welfare office.” Each participant will be assigned a role to play (and a packet with goals, instructions, “money,” etc.).

We will also get to hear about the important and redemptive work that Circles—directed by Ted Melnyk, who attends Ascension–is doing in our city and how we can join, support, and pray for them. According to their website, Circles connects “people across socioeconomic lines in an effort to move people & families out of poverty.” Instead of creating programs to “manage poverty,” they engage in the “longer term, harder work of moving people out of poverty. Good jobs, saving, investing and changing lives and families for good.

Join us for this night together, which will be an imaginative, challenging, and thought-provoking time (and experiment!) for our community. If you want more information, email Tish Warren. While you don’t need to register, knowing who’s coming is always helpful. You can let us know you’re coming by filling out the simple form here. Childcare is provided for the evening.