Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., a local non—profit Community Action Agency, is partnering with the NC Community Action Association to host a community-wide poverty simulation at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center on September 20th from 1pm to 5pm.
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The event, dubbed the “Face to Face with Poverty Challenge,” is a unique and interactive exercise which allows attendees to experience first-hand the struggles faced by low- and very low income families in the state.
Upon entering the simulation, participants are given a package which details the situation of a character they will assume throughout the course of the afternoon. During the four-hour experience, they will live one month in the life of their assigned character. Asked to make ends meet with limited resources, attendees are forced to make use of available supports such as Social Services, the local food bank and Community Action Agencies.
Jennifer Gregory, director of family resources at the agency, attended a similar event in the spring and describes the experience as “life changing.”
“We all have a concept of the challenges of life in poverty,” says Gregory, “But this experience forces us to face them head on in a way that cannot be ignored or minimized.”
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required and may be completed by calling FVW at (252) 492-0161 X8810.
Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., 180 South Beckford Drive, Henderson, NC 27536