The Poverty Immersion Experience allows participants to spend a simulated month in the life of an individual who is experiencing poverty in Mesa County. It is an interactive event that promotes awareness of poverty in Mesa County, increases understanding of people facing poverty situations and that will inspire local change. The intent is to shift the belief and paradigm about poverty from being seen as a personal failure or character flaw to the understanding that poverty is a systemic and societal issue.
The experience offers a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of a low-income family, navigating life with limited resources, while providing for their children and accessing essential community services.
Through the simulation, participants will gain insight into the structural barriers and emotional challenges that individuals living in poverty face on a daily basis. Understanding the tough decisions they must make, the fears they must confront, and the frustrations they endure on a daily basis can help our community create more meaningful support systems.
Please note – this experience is not a game! This simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive month to month.
The Experience will be held at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Participants are asked to be present for the entire event. Water and light snacks will be available, but participants are encouraged to eat lunch prior to the event.
Attendance is limited to 80 participants.
It is free to participate in the Experience, but United Way asks that people register at this website first so organizers have an idea of the number of people who will be attending.
The event is a part of the United Way of Mesa County United to Solve Homelessness program, a community-based education and outreach program to raise awareness, inspire solutions, and work towards solving the issue of homelessness in Mesa County. United Way of Mesa County has partnered with several local organizations that work in this field to assist in the planning and implementation of this program.
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