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Attend the Jr. League's Poverty Simulation on October 23 in Bethlehem

Have you ever done a “poverty simulation”?  I have.  It was very enlightening.  Briefly, spaces in rooms are set up to allow mock families to act out the effort it takes for poor people to get the services they need for themselves and their family.  There are stores, Department of Human Services offices, Children and Youth, utility companies, schools, daycares, banks, etc.

In a span of time they designate as a day, you have to get the services your family needs to survive.  If you don’t have a car, you have to figure out how to take buses to the places you need to go and that takes even longer. It’s very challenging and even frustrating sometimes.  The point of the simulation is so that we understand what people who are struggling have to go through on a daily basis. If you have never gone through it in real life, or haven’t been through it in a long time, it’s a humbling experience.  I would encourage you to do it at least once, and to invite a friend or two who have NO IDEA what that feels like.

Here’s the info:

The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley invites you to join us for a "poverty simulation," facilitated by Moravian College, on Tuesday, October 23rd.  The simulation is open to nonprofit leaders, employees, volunteers, and their guests. 

The simulation is a 2-3 hour role play exercise and facilitated discussion that allows participants to have more appreciation for some of the challenges that those in poverty face on a daily basis.  It is an eye-opening experience that deepens any community involvement, either professional or personal, that you may have.

Date:              Tuesday, October 23

Time:             6 - 9 p.m.

Location:      Hotel Bethlehem (sponsor)

Free of charge to nonprofit groups, suggested donation of $5 to JLLV programs

RSVP to Erika Petrozelli at  prior to the event.