According to Shanna Martin of CANHelp, anyone who would like to sign up to participate in the national awareness campaign CAPS, or Community Action Poverty Simulation, set locally for Wednesday October 17 is welcome to do so. So far about 40 persons have signed up, but there is capacity for up to 80 participants. Those who took the initial offering of this simulation have commented that the experience was eye-opening and helpful to better understand the difficulties many families in Hopkins County face on a daily basis. It has also been used by some as an opportunity for professional development. Contact Shanna Martin for details at 903-885-9797 Ext 3 or [email protected]
From Shanna Martin:
This is just a reminder that CANHelp will be hosting our fall Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) on Wednesday, October 17th from 1:00PM-4:30PM at The ROC located at 115 Putman St. in Sulphur Springs. This training would be a good experience for older students, people involved in civic organizations, healthcare or mental health workers, non-profit agencies, educators, community leaders, churches or anyone who wants to understand the realities many in our communities face every day and find out more about the efforts going on in our communities to help fight poverty! Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Why should you attend at Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)?
Sometimes it is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS).
What to expect?
The CAPS provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. As one participant commented, “This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth ”that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!”
Space is limited, so please sign up quickly. Visit our website to register, www.canhelponline.org. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer in the simulation (good experience for previous attendees), please call CANHelp at 903-885-9797 ext. 3 or email me at [email protected] Additionally, please help us spread the word and this along to your colleagues and invite them to attend as well. We hope to see you there.