Cost Of Poverty Experience: Change Your Perspective

Ever wonder what it’s really like to live in poverty? Most people assume that Lake Highlands is an upper middle class neighborhood. Here are the facts.

  • The US poverty level is 12K/year for an individual and 24K/year for a family of four.
  • 14% of households in the US live below the poverty level. In Lake Highlands 18% of households live below the poverty level.
  • In some Lake Highlands neighborhoods:
    • 40-60% of single moms live below the poverty level. 
    • 25-40% of kids under 18 live below the poverty level.
  • The gross median income for half the households in Lake Highlands is less than $35,000 per year.

Source: US Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey

Get a glimpse into the reality some of our neighbors face every day.

The Cost of Poverty Experience is a chance to walk in their shoes for an evening and develop a better understanding of their day to day lives. Live through the obstacles they encounter, the choices they face, and their consequences.

The COPE was amazing.  This simulation is 100% events that really happened to people.  Participating in the COPE gave me a much better understanding of day to day living in poverty and the tremendous challenges people face trying to get out of it.  I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to truly love their neighbor.

Eric Lakey, COPE Attendee, 2017

What to Expect:

  • An experience that transforms your approach to poverty and equips you to help the poor without hurting them – or yourself.
  • Developed with low-income individuals who shared their story  — expect to live their lives for an evening.

The Cost of Poverty Experience will be a powerful learning experience for:

  • Church leaders, and congregation members considering their role in helping the poor. It’s perfect for those doing summer missions.
  • Churches and nonprofits who want to equip volunteers, donors, and partners with a common approach to poverty.
  • Lake Highlands residents wrestling with how to respond to issues of poverty in the neighborhood.
  • Workers in education, healthcare, business, and other sectors who want to find better ways to engage with people living in poverty.
March 08, 2018 at 6pm - 9pm
Lake Highlands UMC
9015 Plano Rd
Dallas, TX 75238
United States
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