On behalf of the Miami County United Way and the Miami County Systems of Care, it was an honor to provide the poverty simulation to our community stakeholders. While it is intended to evoke strong emotions, it also afforded the opportunity for intimate engagement and self-reflection on how we as individuals relate to higher risk populations. The debriefing afterward bonded us in a way we had not before because we had a relatable conversation surrounding the struggles caused by experiencing poverty. Participants and volunteers could not reiterate enough the importance of knowing the resources located within a community, which they said would have made their experience easier. The barriers created due to a lack of experience or knowledge highly impacted the way individuals could access the services they needed to succeed. A very special thanks to our sponsors: Miami County Community Foundation and Riverview Event Center a very special thanks to our facilitator: Indiana United Ways.
Debi Wallick, CEO United Way of Miami County
Antonia Sawyer, Coordinator Miami County Systems of Care