Walk A Mile Poverty Simulation (Postponed until Spring 2020, date tbd)
Time & Location
About the Event
Our previously scheduled Oct 26 Poverty Simulation in Ferndale has been postponed. We plan to reschedule it for Spring 2020.
The Poverty Simulation is designed to help people better understand the realities of poverty. Anyone can sign up for one of the 80 spots that play a role of a family in poverty. Participants will also include staff members of various local human service agencies and community and civic leaders.
“This program helps people understand the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day-by-day, said Lee Langdon, who is coordinating the effort for the Life Justice and Peace Commission of Assumption Catholic Church. “With greater awareness of its impact, we can more effectively address the poverty issues in our community.”
Using a simulation kit, participants will role play the lives of low-income families. The Whatcom Dream, a local non-profit, is providing the facilitators and gear for the event. Some will be assigned a role as a TANF recipient (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), or a disabled person, or a senior citizen living exclusively on Social Security. Each participant will be expected to provide to basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” They will interact with human services agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police and others.
The poverty simulation event enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities.
The simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families, as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers, community leaders and others.