Can you handle the stress of living in poverty for 30 days?
Single parents with limited resources and no transportation trying to get to work and their kids to daycare. A young adult trying to care for siblings while their parents are incarcerated. So many stories of struggle played out at the first Homeless/Poverty simulation hosted by Sojourner Truth House in partnership with Northwest Indiana Community Action at Goodwill Industries in Gary last month. Participants faced harsh realities those with low economic and social capital status struggle with every day.
STH staff and partners played the roles of service providers while community participants were assigned a specific family circumstance for the simulation. Tension grew as families struggled to work with the “service providers” while dealing with limited access to income, transportation, and food. Afterwards, participants came together to share the despair, desperation, and disappointment they experienced during the four 15 minute “weeks” of the simulation.
Our hope to help people rethink the challenges low-income people face. Maybe then we can create real change that directly impacts the effects of poverty on individuals and communities. Thank you for your commitment to fight for the rights of those who experience homelessness and poverty are not for a day but unfortunately a lifetime.
Raise or donate $100 to receive this year’s Walk for STH T-shirt. Register yourself, create a team, donate, and learn more on our website here.
Funds raised through the Walk will help provide services such as food, clothing, access to medical care, job skills programs, intense case management, and a commitment to independent living. The goal is to provide clients with the tools to achieve self-sustainability for themselves and their family.
Thank you to our 2021 Walk for STH sponsors, including: