Step Into Another Family’s Shoes


Thousands of Chatham County families are living at or below the poverty level. For them every day presents real challenges—juggling rent payments, utility bills and basic living expenses, such as food and transportation.

Step Up Savannah and Hands On Savannah invite you to step out of your comfort zone and into the shoes of our community’s working poor residents through its “Welcome to the State of Poverty” simulation.

The simulations bring together 30 or more individuals who take on the roles of family members living in poverty trying to survive for a month, in four 15-minute “weeks.”

Relying on volunteers to play the roles of landlords, utility company representatives, lenders and others, the simulations offer the chance to get a feel for what it’s like to live on less than $20,000 a year.

Simulations are open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the experience of living in poverty in Savannah. Join us: 9-11:30 a.m., Weds., Sept. 16 at St. Pius Family Resource Center (705 E. Anderson).

It’s free to participate but registration is required. Please call Shawnte Tyler at (912) 232-6747 to register or e-mail her at styler@stepupsavannah. org.

Step Up is an unprecedented effort to reduce the number of citizens living in poverty in our community. Visit its Web site at www.stepupsavannah.org .


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