Poverty Simulation Experience & Breakfast

Check-in and breakfast is from 8:30 - 9:00 AM. 



Want to learn more about how to see your neighbor?  Often we don’t know what our neighbors may be struggling with, and others in our community.


We are offering you the chance to attend a poverty simulation experience which will open your eyes to challenges many of our neighbors face everyday.


The morning will kick off with breakfast and be followed up with a two hour role playing experience that will impact you for life.



What Is It?


The Poverty Simulation Experience is an exploration of the challenges that families in poverty face every day.  Participants are divided into family units reflecting pre-assigned skills, income, housing and a variety of stumbling blocks.  They are given tasks to complete in a two-hour role-play. According to each “family’s” needs, participants will move around the room trying to access services. During the simulation, several things may happen that you must navigate (your kid is sick, and you must go get him from school, you lost your paycheck, etc.)


Staffers (volunteers) run the community tables like an Employment Office, Transportation, Jail, School, Charity, etc.  During the simulation, challenges arise, and decision must be made.  There will be a lot of laughs, but it can be a very discomforting experience because you end up feeling very frustrated, helpless and out of control. (That is the point of the exercise!) At the end, the whole group assembles to debrief.  


You must sign up for this event so that we can plan the “family units”.  Feel free to invite others. This is an experience you will not soon forget!  




Here is a link to a 1 minute video that depicts what someone would experience if they did attend. 


Volunteer to help facilitate the Poverty Simulation as a non-profit worker, business person, school faculty, or other. Your role will be to facilitate the experience of struggling paycheck to paycheck families. OR Volunteer to serve on the hospitality team to welcome and serve breakfast to participants of the Poverty Simulation.


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Month of October

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The Hanger

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First & Third Saturdays: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
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My Sisters House: 921 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta | The Shepherds Inn: 165 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. Atlanta

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