On March 22, Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership (CAP) will be hosting a Poverty Simulation training for staff, elected officials, and community partners.
Poverty is a very real, though sometimes hidden, issue facing Scott, Carver, and Dakota Counties. In 2017 alone, CAP served 11,677 households. CAP Agency staff work with low income families and individuals and those in crisis to help them on the road to self-sufficiency. The Agency offers more than twenty programs and services to those in need including a food shelf, supportive housing, emergency services, Head Start, WIC, and home-delivered meals.
Facilitated by Minnesota Community Action Partnership, The Poverty Simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The object of the simulation is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.
Some CAP staff have been through similar trainings. Marie Johnson, Child Care Aware Coordinator, reflected on her last Poverty Simulation. “We were given a task, a role, where there was really no solution. We just had to figure it out. At lunch time, we had tickets and some people were literally only able to ‘afford’ crackers and water. That was what made it real for us. It was humbling.”
“This is an important opportunity for all of us at CAP to gain more insight into our clients’ lives. Some of our staff have experienced poverty first hand, others have not. Knowing what the families that come to us are going through will help us tap into that empathy and compassion that is so needed in today’s world. Our job is to give our clients hope and help.” says Jennifer Baker, Communications Coordinator for the CAP Agency.
The simulation will be held March 22 at Elko New Market Public Library.