WWU Students to Participate in Poverty Simulation

“Brother, can you spare some change?” is a common refrain of those living in poverty. (Photo courtesy of PhotoBucket)
“Brother, can you spare some change?” is a common refrain of those living in poverty. (Photo courtesy of PhotoBucket)

William Woods University students will learn what it means to live in poverty when they participate in a poverty simulation Tuesday (March 11). The simulation will be held at 6 p.m. in the Ivy Room on the lower level of Tucker Dining Hall.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a unique tool that community action agencies are able to use to educate everyone, from policy makers to local community leaders, about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress to promote a greater understanding of poverty.

During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self- sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities.

A young man struggles to balance his expenses and pay his bills. (Photo courtesy of PhotoBucket)
A young man struggles to balance his expenses and pay his bills. (Photo courtesy of PhotoBucket)

“The event is a ‘hands-on’ program where students will adopt the role of a family living in poverty,” George Garner, associate professor of social work, said.  “The simulation will depict what it is like to make difficult decisions, spending limited income. It impacts all aspects of the family and life.”

The event is co-sponsored by the WWU Social Work Club and the Social Work Program in partnership with Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA). For more information, contact Garner at 573-592-4366 or George.garner@williamwoods.edu.