Tri-Cap is holding a poverty simulation at the Alvin C. Ruxer Student Center at Vincennes University Jasper Campus on Friday. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m.
The event is designed to demonstrate how much time and energy many families expend just to survive day by day in poverty.
The participants will role-play the lives of low income families. Some will receive TANF, some are disabled, and some are senior citizens on Social Security. They will have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15 minute “weeks”.
They will interact with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers, and others.
Although play money is used the simulation is not a game. It is a simulation that 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 the realities of poverty among policymakers, community leaders, and others.
“We invite you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by living on the edge.”