This page contains a sampling of the Homeless Simulations and Exercises we’ve run across over the past few years. Let us know what you’re finding!
Search & Rescue. Every night from the Union Gospel Mission’s Men’s Shelter a group of volunteers gather to take their services to the homeless and poverty-stricken alike. No matter if it’s cold or rainy, the mission goes regardless – because those being served are experiencing the same, and they don’t have a warm house to go back to. Grouped in vans, volunteers bring food, blankets, hot chocolate, and water to the hungry and the cold. But, most importantly, people serving bring relationships and connections which is the most important element to recovery and getting off the streets.
Have your perspective changed by going to the people you hear about on the news, and actually learn their names.
Learn more and sign up here.
Other ways to volunteer through UGM are available here.
Can You Live on the Minimum Wage in your State?
More than 4.8 million workers now earn the lowest legal pay. This calculator, for a single childless worker, shows the hard choices that have to be made living on the smallest paychecks.
This Homeless System Simulation Game was designed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness to help communities understand how the homeless assistance system works. Watch the video below to learn more, and visit the NAEH site to get more details.
Poverty Immersion Workshop / Missouri Poverty Simulation
Reading data and reports is one way to learn about poverty; however, it is more difficult to really know what it is to be poor. Click on the image gallery below to read a blog post about the power of simulation exercises for learning about poverty as well as a debrief of the first Poverty Immersion Workshop organized by the Faith and Family Homelessness Project in partnership with Hopelink. (Images below are from a Poverty Immersion Workshop held at Seattle University on November 19, 2013.)
The Skittles “game” is great to use in small groups in less than an hour.
Poverty Teaching Tools
Other Online Activities
http://playspent.org/ is an interactive site where you move through a range of budgeting decisions, taking the challenge to get through one month living at poverty level.
Engaging Your Neighbors
The following service is an ecumenical worship experience designed around the questions that animate a ministry of neighboring: Who is my neighbor? Where is God already at work? How are we called to walk alongside the stranger? How do we engage in deep listening with those who live on the margins or across boundaries? What is Christian hospitality, and how do we embody it? How do we prepare our hearts for loving action? Read more here…