Thursday, 22. August 2019, 103 River St, Petersburg Anti-Poverty Commission & Petersburg Virginia Cooperative Extension Poverty Simulation

from 22. August 2019 - 18:00 till 20:00

103 River St

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PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES. COULD YOU LIVE ONE MONTH IN POVERTY?
It’s hard to imagine life without even the basic necessities that make sustenance possible. This workshop will allow participants to experience the issues faced by those facing financial struggles, creating a sense of empathy and greater social responsibility.
In the simulation, participants assume the roles of different families facing financial struggles. Some are recently unemployed, some have been recently deserted by the “breadwinner,” and others are recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, formerly AFDC), either with or without additional earned income. Still others are senior citizens receiving Social Security or grandparents raising their grandchildren.
This is simulation not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by those who struggle financially. The experience lasts two and a half to three hours.  It includes an introduction, briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing. During the debriefing; participants, volunteers, and staffers share their feelings, experiences and talk about what they learned regarding the lives of people living with financial struggles.  To participate and register call: 804-733-1880 or register on Eventbrite. Registration deadline is August 15, 2019.  This free event is open to all who wish to participate .

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