Step Up Savannah and Hands On Savannah to host Poverty Simulation

Step Up Savannah, Inc. and Hands On Savannah of the United Way of the Coastal Empire have scheduled a poverty simulation for Jan. 23 at Georgia Power’s office building. The “Welcome to the State of Poverty” simulation will be held from 1- 4 p.m. at the Gagnilliat Auditorium, 3rd floor of the Georgia Power building, 600 Bay Street.

The simulations, developed by Rowel (Reform Organization of Welfare) Education Association, require groups of 35 to 75 people to assume the roles of 26 families living in poverty. The goal of each family is to survive for one month, which takes place in four 15- minute “weeks.” In this time, participants must maintain secure shelter, utilities, feed their families, make loan payments, meet living expenses such as transportation, handle unexpected emergencies, access local support services, and keep their children in school – all while subsisting at or below the poverty level.

Thousands of families in Chatham County are living at or below the poverty level. For them, every day can turn into an emergency, whether it is securing a place to live, feeding their families, paying utility bills or finding and accessing transportation and support services to help them meet basic needs.

The simulation is open to anyone who wants to learn more about what it’s like to live in poverty in our community. Participation is free but registration is required.

To register for the Friday, Jan. 23rd simulation at Georgia Power, contact Shawnte Tyler at Step Up by e-mail at styler@stepupsavannah. org.

If you have participated in a simulation and wish to volunteer, please contact Kim Fritz at Hands On Savannah by phone (651- 7725) or e-mail at

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