Crisis Control Ministry is now accepting reservations for its poverty simulation programs during fall and winter 2017-18. To help build awareness of the challenges of dealing with poverty, these dynamic two-hour sessions include four 15-minute “weeks” of living where participants assume the role of a member in a low-income family.
Simulations are offered to any organization, church, or business with a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 80 participants who are high school age or older. A $10 per person fee covers material costs, with reduced prices for schools. Programs take place on location, with leadership and volunteers from Crisis Control. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
“It’s a great way for groups to learn about the challenges faced by their neighbors in poverty,” notes CCM Executive Director Margaret Elliott. “The poverty simulation program is also a good team building exercise.”
Attendees of past poverty simulations share comments such as, “It always helps to step outside of your own world and remember how others live” and “I understand better how stressful meeting family needs can be and how scary it is asking for help.” Though play money is used, past participants also comment on how real the simulated poverty experience seems. Many describe the stress of meeting the demands of their situation and keeping their family housed and fed.
To book a poverty simulation for your group or for more information, contact CCM Director of Training Bill Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336.724.7875 ext. 1021.