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Host a Poverty Simulation at your Business or Organization
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Child & Family Resource Services

 It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel.

 The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a low-income family trying to survive from month to month.  It allows participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their organizations and community.  It is a simulation, not a game.  The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low income people and how it impacts the way they interact with other institutions, agencies, schools, health care facilities and the community at large. As one participant commented, "This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth "that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!"

 In the simulation, participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty.  Some families are newly unemployed, some are single parents, some are homeless, some are working and some are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to for Needy Families).  Still others are senior citizens receiving Disability or retirement or grandparents raising their grandchildren.  The task of the ”families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks”.

 The experience lasts approximately 2  hours.  It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise and a debriefing period.

Link to the Newton Medical Center  Poverty Simulation Video:

If you are interested, call Dianna Morrison at 973-862-6680

Child care is a part of the daily routine for families with young children. Working
parents rely on quality child care to ensure that their children are well-cared for while they work to support their families. Parents want their children in safe, nurturing environments that provide children with the skills necessary to have a successful life.

Child & Family Resource Services (CFRS) helps families find, select, and pay for child care. CFRS is committed to the belief that all children deserve access to quality, affordable child care that is essential to maintaining family integrity and stability and that children have early childhood experiences that help them become successful. This goal is achieved by providing free and confidential referrals for all regulated child care options. We offer on-line referrals, 24 hours a day that can be accessed through our agency's website at To improve the quality of child care programs, CFRS provides professional development to help providers meet the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of children.

CFRS currently administers child care subsidy to Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren County families that are in fulltime work, college, or training activities. Let’s keep the holiday spirit alive by providing for those who are not as fortunate as we are.

April is National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention month. CFRS continues our work of building the capacity of early care and education providers to employ strategies that foster the protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect among the families and communities that they serve. Our "Strengthening Families" approach focuses on family strengths and resiliency. Parents having access to child care is a major child abuse and neglect prevention strategy.

CFRS meets a need that no one else does by providing the bridge between parents, providers, and policy makers.

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