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Poverty Simulation To Be Offered on October 17 @ ROC

From report by Shanna Martin, Executive Director CANHelp & 2-1-1 Texas North East Region

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!

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.

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of ksstradio.com.

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