Life in the State of Poverty in Jackson, TN

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First United Methodist Church

200 South Church Street

Jackson, Tennessee 38301

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"Understanding the day-to-day reality of poverty is important for everyone involved in fighting poverty - from policymakers to service providers. This Poverty Simulation is a unique tool that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.

During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, including single parents, people with disabilities, and senior citizens on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide for food, shelter and other basic necessities during four 15-minute "weeks.” Families interact with community resources.

Although it uses "play" money, fictional scenarios, and time limits, this poverty simulation is not a game. It's a simulation that enables participants to view poverty from different angles and then to discuss the potential for change within local communities. It's designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families and to create a broader awareness among policymakers and community leaders.

If you are interested in participating in this poverty simulation, please sign up today."

The Poverty Simulation will be held from 8:40 - 10:40 am. Please arrive no later than 8:20 am!

Contact TSU SNAP-Ed Agent Ashley Hillsman with any questions: 731-668-8543 or ahillsma@tnstate.edu

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First United Methodist Church

200 South Church Street

Jackson, Tennessee 38301

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