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Kirkland News Room

Poverty Simulation Workshop Aims to Build Understanding

Contact: Leslie R. Miller, Human Services Coordinator
Department: Parks & Community Services
Email:  | Phone: 425-587-3322

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland’s Human Services Advisory Committee and Holy Family Parish are partnering with Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry to present an important workshop to help the community understand the challenges very low-income people face as they try to move out of poverty.

Seattle University’s Poverty Simulation, created by the Missouri Association for Community Action, is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to be a typical low-income family member or individual trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.

The simulation is conducted in a large room with the“families” seated in groups in the center of the room.  The “families” will be surrounded by tables representing community resources and services for the families such as a bank, supermarket, employer, utility company, faith-based agency, payday and title loan facility, community health center and child care center.

The three-hour experience includes a simulation exercise and a debrief in which participants and volunteers share their feelings and experiences, talk about what they have learned about the lives of people in poverty and what they can do about poverty and homelessness in their community.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7045 120th Avenue Northeast in Kirkland. There is no charge for the workshop, but space is limited. Everyone is encouraged to register soon at!  (Walk-in participants will be accommodated as space allows.)

For more about the workshop go to