Cost Of Poverty Experience: Change Your Perspective

UPDATE:  Our Cost of Poverty Experience on March 8 must be rescheduled. The new date will be released when available. 


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 neighborhoods 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, 2017 at 6pm - 9pm
Lake Highlands UMC
9015 Plano Rd
Dallas, TX 75238
United States
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