An unusual opportunity awaits McKinney area citizens that will surely increase their awareness and compassion. Community Lifeline Center (CLC) is offering a glimpse into a less-privileged life than many of us lead or have ever lead. We are bringing poverty to McKinney by hosting, for the first time, an immersive poverty simulation workshop, presented by a trained facilitator and designed to educate and inspire the community.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, participants will gather at Dyer Hall, First United Methodist Church of McKinney, for an experiential activity, the Poverty Survival Challenge. The simulation is appropriate for everyone – church groups, families, student organizations, corporate teams, civic clubs and community leaders. The experience includes an orientation, four sessions representing the four weeks in a month, and debriefing.

CLC Poverty Survival Challenge

Participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to maintain food, shelter, and other basic necessities during the simulation. The challenge uses a unique learning tool designed to educate everyone about the day-to-day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.

Although it uses "play" money and other props, fictional scenarios, and time limits, this activity is not a game. It is a simulation tool that enables participants to view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting. Simulations take approximately three hours to run, including an orientation, and a debriefing period.

Participation is limited, so register your youth group, work team, Bible study, mission committee, Book Club or family now. Cost is $25 per person, families of five or more may register as one, for special pricing of $100. However, because participants are assigned independent roles in the simulation, and families will be separated, children must be at least 14 years of age to participate.

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About Community Lifeline Center

Community Lifeline Center (CLC) was born as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1989 when a group of churches determined it was best to work together in supporting and meeting the needs of people in need. We’ve evolved and grown over the years but our original purpose remains unchanged: to be the premiere place for providing assistance, information and referral services for the residents of McKinney and north Collin County. For more information, contact Community Lifeline Center, 1601 W. University Dr., Suite B, McKinney 75069. 972-542-0020 or