Welcome to the State of Poverty

Hands On Savannah of the United Way of the Coastal Empire and Step Up Savannah, Inc. are partnering to host a poverty simulation on Tuesday, October 14.

The simulation is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Savannah’s Civic Center.

The simulations, developed by Rowel (Reform Organization of Welfare) Education Association, require groups of 35 to 75 people to assume the roles of 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 Tuesday, Oct. 14 simulation at the Civic Center, contact Shawnte Tyler by calling 644-6439 or by e-mail at styler@savannahchamber.co m.

If you have been through a simulation and would like to volunteer for this event, or future simulations, please call Hands On Savannah, at 651-7726 to sign up.

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