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Poverty Simulation at Banneker Center Raises Awareness

The Community and Family Resources Commission and the Monroe County Circles Initiative hosted “A Poverty Simulation” at the Banneker Community Center on Wednesday night to raise awareness about poverty.

This initiative allowed IU students and community members to experience what its like to live in poverty. Roles were reversed as participants and various social service agencies attempted to work their way out of poverty. Groups or families were given a packet that would determine how the rest of their night would turn out.

Inside each packet participants will find all they need to know about their families. The fictional Fuentes family consists of a single mother with two teenage children. The mother has no job and only ten dollars to her name.

“Some of these people are gonna wind up homeless tonight because they won’t have their rent or mortgage paid,” Monroe County Circles Initiative Coordinator Bonnie Vesely said.

“I was born into poverty and my children and I had lived in poverty, but I always believed that there was a recipe to get out of it and I really believe Circles certainly has one of the best recipes that I have found,” Monroe County Circles Initiative Volunteer Kay Goodman said.

While this simulation was only a learning experience, for twenty percent of Monroe county, poverty is a reality.

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