Understanding Poverty Through Role-Play

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By: Garin Flowers
October 22, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Imagine leaving your comfort zone, losing most of your belongings and going into poverty. That's what dozens of people are experiencing now through "a virtual experience of life on the edge" hosted by the United Way.

Tonight at St. John's Episcopal Church, people from the community are role-playing the lives of low-income families. That can be single parents trying to care for their kids, a senior trying to maintain basic needs with little money, and many other scenarios.

This is an event sponsored by the United Way of the Big Bend and The Village Square, which is a public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance.

This is a very interactive event, people are entrenched in the lives of those less fortunate. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources.

The event is free to the public.

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