Participate in a Poverty Simulation

Challenge your perceptions of poverty and strengthen understanding and empathy.

What is a United Way Poverty Simulation?

A Poverty Simulation is a unique and powerful experience which challenges perceptions, changes perspectives and strengthens understanding and empathy.

Participants experience a full range of encounters, obstacles and challenges, while trained volunteers populate the simulation as business owners, teachers, police officers, agency workers, service providers and government employees.

The simulation replicates a month in the life of a family living in poverty. The ultimate mission of each of these families is to provide food, shelter and other basic needs with a limited income.

Register for an open to the community poverty simulation.

All simulations are held at the Food Annex (11434-120 Street)
8:30am participant registration and coffee
9:00am – 11:30am simulation and discussion

2019 Dates
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019

For more information on participating in a poverty simulation, please contact Judy Batty at 780.443.8384 or email

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