The Diocese of Des Moines
We challenge YOU to experience what it would be like to live in poverty...
We challenge YOU to experience what it would be like to live in poverty...
November 16, 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 Catholic Charities and JustFaith of Des Moines are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in a
Held in conjunction with Catholic Charities annual  No Room at the Inn homelessness awareness event, the hands-on simulation will help you understand what it might be like to live in a low-income family trying to survive month to month.
A suggested donation of $10 helps to cover the cost to put on the simulation.
The simulation is getting outstanding "reviews" from those who have gone through it and community leaders are taking the time to go through the simulation. On Thursday of this week, Catholic Charities and Just Faith are hosting a special simulation for the West Des Moines Leadership Academy.
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.  


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