An Interactive Simulation Event

Experiencing Poverty | April 6, 2019

Our goal is to help Episcopalians in our Diocese who are active in their parish outreach ministries to better understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The purpose of this simulation is to provide a small taste of what life is like on an extremely limited income - joining the 38.1 million U.S. citizens who live, for one reason or another, with incomes below the poverty line.

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families in the communities of the Diocese of Atlanta, but unless you’ve experienced poverty personally, it’s difficult to truly understand what day-to-day life feels like when you’re poor. The Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia has partnered with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to conduct an interactive event which will allow you to experience the issues faced by people living in poverty.

Our society suffers from a lack of understanding and empathy concerning the realities of poverty, and through this simulation experience, you’ll encounter the real issues that low-income families deal with, the roadblocks that can be barriers to self-sufficiency, and how these factors shape behavior and beliefs.

Schedule

9am: Registration
9:45am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
10am: Poverty Simulation with United Way of Greater Atlanta
12pm: Break/Pickup Lunch
12:15pm: Debrief Session (while everyone eats)
1pm: Closing Remarks