"Empathy is learned from stepping into someone else's shoes. Again, again, and again. Empathy enables us to see Jesus in everyone we meet."
That concept is at the heart of a Poverty Simulation, hosted by "Step Up Silicon Valley" and sponsored by the Willow Glen United Methodist Church and the Joint Youth Group, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church.
This unique event enables participants to view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting. It is designed to reflect the day-to-day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. During the simulation, participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to seniors trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security.
- spend a "month" (four 15-minute "weeks") trying to make ends meet with limited resources;
- share their experiences and insights with others;
- learn about the next steps they can take to cut poverty.
Willow Glen UMC is located at 1420 Newport Ave., San Jose, CA 95125. Use the Google Maps feature on the church's webpage to get directions.