Homeless in 25 Days

How long could you stay afloat below the poverty line? How many days would it take before you and your family became homeless? Our former church in Colorado cared for homeless families on a regular basis and it was sobering to see parents who were not able to take care of their children financially.

Urban Ministries of Durham has put together an online experience which helps us understand the journey to homelessness. In a “create your own adventure” format, it gives you different scenarios and then tells you the ramifications of those choices. For instance, one of the choices is whether you let your child go to a birthday party knowing that you have to spend $15 on a birthday present. Another choice relates to whether you have your child enter the free lunch program at school and endure the shame of the other students. It is a very sobering and realistic look at how easy life can spiral toward homelessness. This would be a great activity to have your children go through so their eyes can be opened to the needs of children around them.

Enter the online experience here. I was homeless in 25 days.

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About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on February 11, 2011, in Family Strategies and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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