The Diocese of Des Moines
Times seem tough for us all, but do you really know what it's like to live in poverty...
February 26, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why the St. Pius Social Justice Committee is hosting a Poverty Simulation on Sat., March 6 from 9am-Noon at the St. Pius Fellowship Hall at 3663 66th Street in Urbandale.

The simulation, offered in collaboration with Catholic Charities and JustFaith of Des Moines, asks you to walk a mile in the shoes of those living below the poverty lines. The simulation is hands-on and will help you understand what it might be like to live in a low-income family trying to survive month to month- a valuable lesson in sensitivity and understanding of the vulnerable and hurting among us.


I encourage you to learn more about the upcoming simulation by clicking here or emailing Catholic Charities for more information.


Here are what some past participants are saying:
“The poverty simulation was very eye opening for me. I must admit to some preconceived ideas about those who are poor and even some judgments. The simulation really opened my eyes to the major hurdles that the poor face as they try to help themselves. I had never “walked in their shoes” and that’s what the simulation does. Thankfully, we only have to “pretend” to be poor for an hour or so, but the reality of their situation settles on you very quickly.”  Patsy Carlson, Poverty Simulation participant.
Please pass this on to friends, relatives, teachers, school boards, city, church and other councils and to anyone that could benefit from walking a mile in the shoes of someone living in poverty. Save to