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
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.
“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
For More Information...
...contact Andy Johnson, National Program Manager, at (608) 231-4956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a catalyst to improve people's financial lives through credit unions.