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The HDFS Poverty Simulation


The Human Development and Family Studies Poverty Simulation is a workshop based after the Missouri Association for Community Action model that allows participants to experience one month as a family living in poverty, or as a service provider struggling with too few resources to assist these families. 

The poverty simulation is a profoundly moving experience that exposes its participants to the harsh realities of poverty.  Some examples of groups who have used the poverty simulation include:

  • Public Schools
  • Social Service Providers
  • College Students and Faculty
  • Community Organizations

Generally, simulations are offered to students and professionals who work in the human services or education fields.  The simulation provides an opportunity to learn about some of the challenges families face when they lack adequate resources to meet their daily needs. The Poverty Simulation is also provided to businesses, school districts and local governments as a part of our commitment to raise awareness and serve those living in poverty throughout Michigan.

Interested in Hosting a Poverty Simulation?

If you are interested in hosting a poverty simulation please contact Katie Reck, Faculty Leader/Poverty Simulation Coordinator, at 989-774-2760 or

*HDF 319 and 411 students will be registered as Facilitators.

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Learn More

For more information, or to schedule a poverty simulation for your organization, please contact:​

Dr. Katie Reck
Faculty Leader, Poverty Simulation

College of Education and Human Services​
Central Michigan University
195 Ojibway Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
 ​989-774-2760 ​​

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