The poverty simulation, created by the Missouri Association for Community Action, succeeded in its mission to challenge assumptions about poverty, bringing to light many of the barriers low-income families encounter on a regular basis. Participants were confronted with obstacles such as eviction, disease, and exploitation. Despite great hardship, some participants overcame these challenges. One family lifted themselves out of homelessness and began to thrive within the simulation. Others struggled, resorting to illegal activities to keep their family afloat.
Rural Broome Counts project leaders Emily Hotchkiss and Brooke Ann Coco plan to attend a poverty simulation facilitator training early next year. The United Way of Broome County, in partnership with Rural Broome Counts, will host several poverty simulations throughout Broome County within the coming year, including at least one based in a rural area.
For more information about the poverty simulation and how to get involved, contact Brooke Ann Coco at (607) 692-7669.