One in five children live in poverty every day. Many families have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. These conditions lead to a rise in the use of emergency food pantries. It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day—the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel.
That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in a POVERTY SIMULATION.
This program provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. As one participant commented, “This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth ‘that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!’”
The workshop will start at 9am and conclude at 12pm. There is no cost to register, but donations are greatly appreciated for our mission fund.
The workshop allows for a maximum of 80 participants, so make sure you secure your spot! Please RSVP by March 31st to Sue Clapp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 687-2978. If you have questions about the experience, contact Sue, Sharon Grigsby (933-7802), Glenna Hutchison (688-5756), or Carol Carmichael (659-4953).
The United Methodist Women of Rutherford Memorial UMC are sponsoring this simulation for the Corryton community to assist all of us in understanding what it might be like to live in poverty. The facilitator, Mrs. Anne Travis, is leading our simulation and has been trained through the Holston Conference Office of the United Methodist Church. All materials are provided for the simulation.
We are trying to reduce waste at this event as stewards of the Earth.
Please bring your own container for water!