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C.O.P.E. (Cost of Poverty Experience) Simulation @ WHUMC

In America, 37 million people, including 1 in 6 children, live at or below the poverty line.

These numbers should disturb us, yet statistics can have a numbing effect. The Cost of Poverty Experience is a 2.5-hour immersive experience that gives you the opportunity to gain a glimpse into the lives of families in our communities that face poverty every day.

Many organizations and communities across the nation use COPE to work more effectively with low-income families. COPE gives participants and volunteers an opportunity to experience poverty firsthand through the eyes of real families. The experiential nature of this training helps organizations and communities more deeply understand the complexities of poverty, paving the way for addressing the issues of poverty more comprehensively.

COPE is a tool that will help your team:

  • Deepen their understanding of the realities of poverty in America.

  • Improve practices and approaches to better engage low-income individuals and their families.

  • Build partnerships with the broader community to improve outcomes for low-income families.

An Experience for Everyone.

The Cost of Poverty Experience has been adapted to reflect the experience of poverty in various contexts. Please click on one of the sectors below that best describes the organization that you are affiliated with to find out how COPE can help you have greater impact.

COPE: Faith Edition

An immersive training that is designed to give faith-based communities a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and their families that are living in poverty.

For Faith Communities and Non-Profit Ministries

One in five children in America lives at or below the poverty line.

The church is commissioned by God to bring healing to wounded lives, restoration to broken systems and relationships, and economic security where there is hardship. However, so often churches in America struggle to support families impacted by poverty in ways that are relational, holistic, and lasting.

The Cost of Poverty Experience: Faith Edition is a 3-hour experiential training that is designed to give participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income persons living in your community and participating in your ministries.

COPE is a tool that will help your church:

  • Deepen its understanding and urgency around poverty in America.

  • Develop practices and approaches that have a lasting impact on poverty.

  • Engage in meaningful ways to bring about restoration to your community. 

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