Poverty/Life Simulations



“Being able to put yourself in your member’s shoes as they live week to week and day to day, and the frustration of all the obstacles placed in front of them opens your eyes to all the potential products, services and solutions we as a credit union can offer to improve the quality of our members’ lives.”
- Jeff Kunberger
Service Center Manager at Suncoast CU

The Life Simulation experience is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. In the simulation 40 to 80 participants assume the roles of up to 26 families. Some families are newly unemployed, some are homeless and others are senior citizens living on disability payments or raising grandchildren.


During the three hour activity, these “families” are struggling to make ends meet in the simulated month of four fifteen minute weeks. At the conclusion of the exercise (this is not a game), participants will be more aware to the daily realities of many American families. Walking in another’s shoes is a far more effective way to sensitize others to the needs of immigrants and other low-wage working families than from traditional diversity or classroom learning.


For more information, please contact Lois Kitsch at lkitsch@ncuf.coop or 407-616-2409.