Advocacy Toolkit

Poverty Simulations

A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government  services and other essential service providers. During the simulation, participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty. The task for each family is to provide basic necessities and shelter during four 15-minute weeks, while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life. The hands-on sessions typically last 2 hours and can be offered in a variety of corporate and community settings.

Living on the Edge

This one-hour interactive class can accommodate groups of varying sizes and will raise awareness about the economic, social and cultural realities that many families with low wages face each day. To schedule a class, contact Bill Blackburn, Director of Training at or 336-724-7875 x1021.

Poverty Kit Assembly

Poverty Simulations kit materials are shuffled during the experience. This group activity provides participants with the opportunity to re-assemble the kit while highlighting interesting facts, questions and comments about poverty and economic mobility.

Community Impact Report

Impact Reports are a summary of the previous Fiscal Year (Oct – Sept) with data about services, client stories, strategic plans of the agency and donations to Crisis Control Ministry. The latest version of the Community Impact Report can be found here.

NC Scorecard

The Prosperity Now Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans’ financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states can do to help them build and protect assets. These measures are grouped into five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education. Find more data about the state of North Carolina.