The City of Longview Partners in Prevention will host a workshop titled, “Understanding the Struggle of Poverty”, on January 10, 2017 at the Maude Cobb Activity Complex, 100 Grand Blvd., in Longview. The workshop will start with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and the Bridges Out of Poverty training starting at 9 a.m. Lunch will be on your own. The afternoon session will be a Poverty Simulation and will begin at 1:30 p.m. A Poverty Simulation is an interactive tool that allows participants to step into the shoes of a person living in poverty through role-playing.
Common questions and phrases heard about people living in poverty include: “Why don’t they just get a job?”, “I pulled myself up by my boot straps, they can too.”, “They should know better than to. . . “ By the end of the day, participants will have answers to these questions and comments. This workshop is beneficial to anyone working with people living the day-to-day struggle of poverty, including businesses owners, faith, educational, and medical communities, social services, governmental agencies, housing provides, law enforcement, juvenile and adult justice providers. The workshop fee is $25. Participants can register and pay online using the link below or call Partners in Prevention at 903-237-1019.