(To register or to volunteer to assist with the program, visit www.sclclebco.org or call 610-914-3846. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 11.)
The Cost of Poverty Experience simulation will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA, 201 N. Seventh St., Lebanon, and is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.
Participants will experience the day-to-day challenges of living in poverty. They will be given identities and a profile of employment, health and other features of typical families. In a compressed timeframe, they will have face-to-face interactions about public transportation, social services, finances, employment, food and shelter.
Kim Kreider-Umble, director of Lebanon Family Health Services, attended the simulation when it was offered in Palmyra in 2014.
"It had a lasting impact on me and my staff," Kreider-Umble said in a news release. "It's a great experience for volunteers and others who want to help low-income individuals, whether they be relatives, co-workers or clients.. "
Laurie Funk, program director at Youth for Christ, recently completed a project on poverty as part of her master's degree program at Lancaster Bible College. She also attended that simulation.
Advertisement"It's one thing to study poverty — it's much more impactful to experience the day to day challenges and to wrestle with the difficult choices low-income families must make," she said in the release.
COPE is made possible through a United Way Community Needs Grant and is jointly sponsored by the Support Connections of Lebanon County and the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA. It is part of Lebanon County's Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week programming. To register or to volunteer to assist with the program, visit www.sclclebco.org or call 610-914-3846. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 11.
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