According to the U.S. Census, over 15 percent of the American population lives below the poverty line. However, this statistic does not capture the true costs of poverty. It does not portray the individual stories that are so common among low-income neighborhoods, nor does it convey poverty's impact on families, businesses or communities.
The Cost of Poverty Experience is an event that offers participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in your community. It is a glimpse into the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact these families every day. The CareSource Foundation has partnered with Think Tank to develop this relevant, up-to-date kit which was co-designed with low income individuals who shared their story so that participants could gain greater understanding. COPE has been used to help many organizations and communities across the nation work more effectively with low income families and understand and address the issues of poverty more comprehensively.
This 2.5 hour experiential event accommodates 40 to 120 participants and 20 volunteers. For more information about hosting COPE at your location or for your team, please contact Lynette Warden at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (937) 322-4970. To purchase a kit or a refill kit directly, please contact Lynette Warden.
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