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Learn what living in poverty means
Simulation being brought to Savannah Tech
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 17.7 percent of Liberty County residents live at or below the level of poverty, many of whom depend on governmental assistance programs to get from month to month.
Next month, the Liberty Campus of Savannah Technical College will host a poverty simulation exercise called “Welcome to the State of Poverty” to help people understand and handle tough living situations.
“We’re inviting the community to participate so that we can all become more attuned to the realities facing many in our area,” says Terrie O. Sellers, dean for student affairs at the Liberty Campus and facilitator of the poverty simulation. “We believe this will help us deliver better customer service to our community.”
According to Sellars, the event is designed to help people acquire or improve skills in areas like feeding their families, keeping utilities turned on, handling unexpected emergencies, dealing with everyday transportation expenses and learning how to access local support and resources.
Those who attend the event will be broken up into groups and will simulate families who are in need. Each “family” will learn how to deal with different financial situations.
The event is open to adults who live and work in Liberty County. Sellars said in order for the program to be effective, the simulation requires participation of between 35 to 75 people. RSVPs are required by Nov. 10.
The simulation is from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the campus, 100 Technology Drive.
For more information or to RSVP, call Gia Smith at (912) 408-3024, ext. 6024 or e-mail
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