Walk in their shoes

Poverty simulation

Community and primary care teams became unified in their understanding of poverty by walking in someone else’s shoes for an afternoon. A poverty simulation was a powerful experience that opened their eyes to preconceived notions, biases and agendas. ​


A “poverty simulation” with Joanne's community and Primary Care Network transformed how they thought about poverty and the sense of urgency they felt to work together towards a common goal.

Joanne's Story

Kalyna Country PCN, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the community of Vermilion brought together a large group of people who put themselves in the shoes of those living with financial strain. This graphic captures the essence of their story, how they felt and what they said. Take a closer look at some of the aha moments in this graphic recording.


Join a Poverty Simulation

1. Participate in a Poverty Simulation - United Way Alberta Capital Region (myunitedway.ca)

Challenge your perceptions on poverty and strengthen understanding and empathy.

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families and is often misunderstood by those who have never experienced it. Poverty simulations aim to shift perspectives and help communities to gain a better understanding of what it's like to live with poverty.

During these interactive events, participants experience the challenges and realities of living with poverty. These challenges include ensuring that food, shelter and other basic needs are met within their specified budget.

Poverty simulations were transformational in moving forward with practices that reduced impact on financial strain. The United Way is one organization in Alberta working towards changing perceptions many offer poverty simulations. Get in contact with your local United Way chapter to explore opportunities to participate in a poverty simulation and learn more.

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