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Experiencing Poverty: An Interactive Simulation Event

  • St. Andrew's in the Pines 316 North Peachtree Parkway Peachtree City, GA, 30269 (map)
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Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families in the communities of the Diocese of Atlanta, but unless you've experienced poverty personally, it's difficult to truly understand what day-to-day life feels like when you're poor. The Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia has partnered with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to conduct an immersive experience that will introduce you to the day-to-day struggles of living in perpetual poverty.

Our goal is to help Episcopalians in our Diocese who are active in their parish outreach ministries to better understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The purpose of this simulation is to provide a small taste of what life is like on an extremely limited income - joining the 38.1 million U.S. citizens who live, for one reason or another, with incomes below the poverty line.

Please Register by March 27. The cost to participate is $15 and includes lunch.


9am: Registration
9:45am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
10am: Poverty Simulation with United Way of Greater Atlanta
12pm: Break/Pickup Lunch
12:15pm: Debrief Session (while everyone eats)
1pm: Closing Remarks

Our society suffers from a lack of understanding and empathy concerning the realities of poverty, and through this simulation experience, you'll encounter the real issues that low-income families deal with, the roadblocks that can be barriers to self-sufficiency, and how these factors shape behavior and beliefs.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
As this is a training simulation, not a game, we ask that you do not bring children to this training. This training is appropriate for parishioners 16 and older. Thank you for understanding!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is ample on-site parking available.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not need to bring a printed ticket, we can look you up by name at registration!