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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:10 AM
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I did a poverty simulation today, Everyone should have to do this.
Everyone who isn't living it, that is. I was pissed when the DHS case worker gave me a voucher saying I qualified for job training, but couldn't tell me where to take the voucher to get that training. Oh, and when the mortgage banker foreclosed. Bastid.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:14 AM
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1. I did a poverty practicum today. My electricity was shut off.
Edited on Sat May-02-09 01:14 AM by EFerrari
Finally paid the bill this afternoon but couldn't get through to the office to ask for restoral. Luckily, there was a truck out here doing something else at about 8 tonight and the guy helped me out without question when I asked him. Stormy, rain, cold, not the kind of night you want to be without heat or light.

I think I have to get a makeover and go troll the PG&E cafeteria for a new husband because that guy was THE HANDSOMEST man I've ever seen and especially when he was holding his pliers. :rofl:
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:18 AM
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2. Your practicum sounds better than my simulation.
Edited on Sat May-02-09 01:19 AM by Critters2
Mine was full of social workers, probation officers, and clergy. No one with interesting pliers at all!!

On edit: Glad you got your power back on!
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:27 AM
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3. Well I practice poverty everyday but...

What the hell is a voucher ? I Googled and googled but I didn't find a clear definition.

Sorry but I'm French-Canuck and I have no idea what this damn word means. :shrug:

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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:40 AM
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4. It's a document, a slip of paper, that says you have the right to something.
So, I had this document that said I was qualified for job training. Theoretically, I should've been able to take it somewhere to get job training. But no one knew where I was supposed to take it. So, the simulation ended without my getting any training, nor the monpoly money one assumes came from said training. :grr:
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:55 AM
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6. Damn,that sucks.
I wish you the best Critters2. :thumbsup:
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:11 AM
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9. It was a simulation. So, when it was over, we handed in our nametags
and went home. You rightly point out, it's not the same as practicing poverty. It does help me feel for those who do.
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:46 AM
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5. self-delete
Edited on Sat May-02-09 01:47 AM by Suich
sorry...didn't mean to butt in.
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Sisaruus Donating Member (703 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:14 AM
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7. hunger 101
Not quite the same experience that you had, but here is an online interactive experience on hunger:

http://www.mdfoodbank.org/site/pp.asp?c=ahKKI2PKIsE&b=2...
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:52 AM
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8. I lived that experience as a kid and have also taken
part in a poverty simulation. I don't know how effective it is in the long term.

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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:14 AM
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10. I suppose the effectiveness depends on the individual.
If one is open to learning, one will learn. I personally think all clergy should have to do it. I get so sick of colleagues telling me I have to be careful of helping those who come to my door, because I have no idea who they are, whether they really need help, what they're really doing with the assistance they get. This might open their eyes. Might not, but it's worth a try.
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