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"Life in the State of Poverty," a real-life-simulation experience sponsored by Old Dominion University Office of Student Services, Office of Community Relations and University Chaplains' Association will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center.

Designed to offer insight into what life might be like for a limited resource family living in the Hampton Roads area, participants walk "in the shoes" of a person or family living on public assistance to gain a clearer understanding of the realities and choices faced by those with limited resources. During the simulation, participants will be grouped in family units and each family will be given a packet containing biographical information regarding each family member.

An example includes a father who is unemployed, a mother working part-time and a nine-year-old son with a learning disability. Participants will also receive information on the family assets, income and financial obligations that must be met during the month. Each week will be played out in a 15-minute segment and family members will have to decide how to best use their resources. A debriefing will be held after the simulation.

Registration is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited. Register on-line at http://www.odu.edu/webroot/orgs/AO/Poverty.nsf/registration?OpenForm
or call 440-9065.

This article was posted on: September 22, 2005

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Telephone: 757-683-3114

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