Simulation helps area leaders imagine povertyA suggestion: Teach them what opportunities are out there. Teach them how to achieve. Show them the way toward wealth.
United Way of Roanoke Valley wanted to inspire empathy in people.
By Jessica Marcy, The Roanoke Times
Deb Chappell stood in front of a group of professionals who were about to experience poverty.
"Some of your profiles look a little grim," she said to the 49 participants Tuesday morning. As part of a poverty simulation exercise, they had just received packets detailing their employment status, family condition, income, assets and budgets.
Instead of their annual retreat, board members of United Way of Roanoke Valley decided to participate in a poverty simulation exercise with other community leaders. They hoped the exercise would help them better understand how the poor struggle. (link)
We don't need any poverty how-to seminars. We have enough people dealing with that around here.