MOUNT VERNON — Poverty and hunger often lead to increased emotional and financial stress, increased risk of illness, poor school performance in children, poor productivity on the job and the cycle of struggling can seem unbearable.

United Way of Knox County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. Imagine a world that fosters hope and opportunity for everyone, where all children receive a quality education, the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends and everyone receives effective health care. Poverty Simulations enable participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then recognize and discuss the potential for change within the community.

How will I pay for gas to get to work? Can I afford the prescription I need and have enough money this month to feed my children? My rent is due and so is my childcare — will I be evicted? During a Poverty Simulation, participants assume the roles of families facing challenging but typical day-to-day circumstances faced by families and individuals every day in Knox County.

United Way will be hosting a Poverty Simulation on Thursday, Oct. 19, held at the First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Road, in the Family Learning Center Gymnasium. Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. and the simulation runs from 2-4:30 p.m.

Participants are also welcomed to register before Oct. 13, by logging on to or calling 740-397-5721.


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