“People would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!”. You’ve probably heard that statement multiple times, but unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Instead, many families and individuals deals with challenges such as working two jobs while trying to make sure your children’s homework is done before you have to start making dinner for your family, finding a sports scholarship for your children and then not having the money to buy them protective gear, and losing your car repair loan application because the wait at the bank was too long and you would be fired if you arrived at your shift late again. These are real life examples of what it’s like to live in poverty. Do you know what that’s like? One in eleven Gloucester’s residents do and so do 45 million Americans. They face tough challenges every day for their families to survive.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 the Gloucester Resource Council will be hosting a Poverty Simulation from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Newington Baptist Church. The experience is divided into four 15 minute sessions, each of which represents a week in which you must provide for your family, manage emergencies and daily living expenses as well as maintain your home. You’ll learn what it’s like to have limited transportation options. You’ll understand better why it’s hard to “eat healthy” when food choices are pre-defined. You may find yourself working harder to accommodate the person who comes to register one minute before you close for the day. And you’ll learn how simply understanding what it’s like to live in poverty can help you be part of solving the issue because, unless you are actually living it or have experience poverty in the past, you won’t know what it’s like to survive from day to day. If you would like to make a difference in the community and better understand just some of the struggles of those in poverty, we encourage you to register to participate in this free event. If you regularly interact with those in poverty, we strongly believe this simulation will provide a huge benefit for you through increased awareness.
Also, following the poverty simulation, we will be holding a Resource Fair – starting around 3:15. At that fair, organizations who provide resources to those in poverty will have booths will more information on their programs. If you’re part of an organization genuinely concerned with the welfare of those in poverty, and would like to have a booth at the Fair, let us know! If you, your friends, family, co-workers, employees, constituents, etc. would benefit from information available at the Resource Fair, we hope that you’ll take the time to check it out!
To register for the Poverty Simulation, participate in the Resource Fair, or simply get more information, please contact Valerie Lewis at 804-693-0654 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!