Simulation will offer opportunity to experience life with poverty
Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 1:39 pm
The Messenger 03.16.10
The Tennessee Center for Child Welfare and the University of Memphis will offer a unique opportunity for people to experience the virtual realities of poverty.
They will host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) March 26 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes Inc., located at 6896 Highway 70.
During the simulation, participants will play the roles of low-income families. Some will be recipients of government assistance for the needy, some will be disabled and some will be senior citizens on Social Security. During the course of four 15-minute “weeks,” they will face the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget.
The simulation is designed to help those who frequently deal with low-income families be more sensitive to their plight and to create a broader awareness among policymakers, community leaders and others of the realities of poverty. CAPS was made available by the Missouri Association for Community Action.
The public is invited to volunteer for, to participate in or to observe the simulation. Reservations are not required.
For more information, contact Carolyn Williams at (901) 678-4364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Action Poverty Simulation, Tennessee Center for Child Welfare, University of Memphis