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Want to host a Poverty Simulation?

Please contact Rosemary Procopio, Community Services Coordinator, at with any initial questions about scheduling your Poverty Simulation.

In an effort to better educate our community about the day-to-day realities of living with low income, Union-Snyder CAA facilitates Poverty Simulations for groups and organizations.

What is a Poverty Simulation?

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)—an interactive, immersion experience— is owned by the Missouri Community Action Network. The simulation provides a glimpse into the structural barriers of poverty to transform participants’ perspectives about their own communities. These transformed perspectives inspire action toward positive community change.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security.

If you are interested in learning more about the Community Action Poverty Simulation or purchasing a CAPS kit license, please visit or” 



Large groups of 40-80 participants; great for college student groups, nonprofits, community groups, businesses, faith-based organizations, school faculty, and more!


Participants role play "one month" living in poverty and try to maintain their basic needs using pre-developed family profiles


Host groups are asked to find a large space - approx. 3000 square feet - as well as tables and chairs to host the Simulation.


If you're interested in hosting a Poverty Simulation in partnership with CAA, please click here to download the full list of details and requirements.

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