Proverty Simulation offered during the Community HOPE Conference

The HOPE Conference

The Community HOPE Conference is scheduled on April 10th at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Joplin.  Attendees will be able to select several workshops conducted by highly qualified professionals.  Being part of a Poverty Simulation is one of the workshops available.

What is a Poverty Simulation:

The poverty simulation is a unique, interactive experience that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. The simulation moves you to be more sensitive to the feelings and needs of those who are living in the crisis of poverty.

The simulation involves 80 participants who take on the roles of members of 26 families, all facing a variety of challenging, but typical, circumstances. Participants are seated in family clusters, and community resources are located at tables around the perimeter of the room. The activity includes an introduction and briefing by a facilitator, the simulation exercise, and a facilitated debriefing in which participants and volunteers share what they have learned about living in poverty.

The Alliance of SWMO will offer the simulation from 8:30-11:30 a.m.  The workshop will be limited to 80 attendees.  For additional information on the conference and conference topics, view the menu tab on

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