SAFF & Arizona Western College host “Understanding Poverty” event

Understanding poverty in our community — that’s the goal of the Southwest Arizona Futures Forum and today an event at Arizona Western College did just that.

Right now, more than 45 million United States citizens are in poverty and community members and community leaders gathered to walk in the shoes of those living with low-income.

“We have a pretty high unemployment rate so the poverty rate is higher than it is in the state and the nation.” says Valarie Donnelly with the Western Arizona Council of Governments.

Everything was reinacted at the event… from CPS taking your children away, to being evicted and even going to jail. All the instances are common occurances or real life situations for people who are unemployed and / or in poverty.

“It gives me some insight into what it is like to live in a low income neighborhood.. to be in a low income family.. and I think it will just give me a broader perspective on how I can help those individuals.” says Christopher Harden – McKinney  with the City of Yuma.


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