Piedmont Casa Hosts Poverty Simulation

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Piedmont CASA played host to a poverty simulation Saturday in Charlottesville.

CASA volunteers and members of the general public alike were invited to participate in the event. They assumed the role of various personas in families of specific scenarios. It was all in an attempt to better understand a month in the life of an impoverished American.

"I think what this does for the participants is highlight challenges that they might not otherwise be aware of," said Piedmont Casa and President and CEO Alicia Lenahan.

Alicia Roll is a UVa law student who assumed the role of a 35-year old single mother of two

"I think the most difficult part was trying to deal with everything," she said. "Everything snow balls into this stressful situation that is difficult to pull yourself out of."

The "month" of poverty spent in the simulation was split up into 15 minute weeks during which participants went to school, work, the bank, the grocery store, and everywhere else you a person would need to go to accomplish two main goals: keep a roof over one's head.. and pay all the bills.

The Department of Criminal Justice Services overseas 27 CASA programs in Virginia and made the day's events possible.

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