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Take a moment and consider your community.

Is it diverse? Growing? Accepting? Now think about your place of work? Your children's school? Are they making the world a better place? Could they? If you would like to help your community better understand the conditions and impact of poverty, organizing a POVERTY SIMULATION may be an activity in your future.

What is a Poverty Simulation?

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.

Why have a Poverty Simulation? 

Have you ever wondered why it seems so difficult for some people to escape poverty? Have you ever wanted to help but not known how? The poverty simulation is an invaluable experience that will undoubtedly impact your perspective of your community and the impoverished. Advocate from a place of knowledge as well as compassion

What do you need for a Poverty Simulation?

While a Simulation by itself will only take 3 hours, committing to host the event is a day-long endeavor. Any host group needs access to a large space (roughly the size of a basketball court), 126 chairs, and 19 tables. You'll also need to recruit 19 volunteers and a minimum of 35 participants.  If you would like to learn more about a Poverty Simulation or schedule one, please go to the Contact Us page and write to us.

What people are saying.

"Thought provoking, I needed this."


"I had no idea the stress that having only limited resources and money could cause."


"Amazing what empathy and compassion sixty minutes of simulation creates."

"It was very realistic and gave insight into the constant frustration and choices between bad and worse."

"I will be more conscious, more empathetic, more of an advocate."


"Eye opening in ways that I would not have realized."

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