COPE: COST OF POVERTY EXPERIENCE »

COPE is an empathy building, bias breaking, poverty simulation. In just 3 hours it allows you to live a month in the life of a low-income family.

We have seen that COPE gives a better understanding of what it is actually like to live in poverty, enabling you to serve with empathy and understanding.

*The price of a COPE ticket is $50 for nonmembers, $25 for members of Compassion Coalition.

WHAT TO EXPECT »

You might step into the role of:

  • An exhausted single mother struggling to put food on the table
  • A lonely senior citizen who must choose between rent and medication
  • An unemployed father struggling with addiction

As you navigate the simulation, you see the world through their eyes. You feel the chaos and the anxiety of poverty.

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WATCH THE VIDEOS »

Learn more about what it’s like to experience a COPE event by watching the videos below:

IN COLLABORATION »

COPE is a licensed training of ThinkTank Inc. ThinkTank Inc. exists to alleviate poverty by equipping communities to embrace mindsets and practices that restore the social fabric of society.

Compassion Coalition collaborates with The Restoration House of East Tennessee to facilitate COPE.

UPCOMING TRAINING DATES »

  • JUNE 18th from 9 am to 12 pm – The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) at Cokesbury UMC (9919 Kingston Pike)

    Join us for a simulation that will change your preconceived notions about poverty. In just 3 hours this simulation allows you to live a month in the life of a low-income family. If you were to participate in a COPE today, you might step into the role of an exhausted single mother struggling to put food on the table, a lonely senior citizen who must choose between rent and medication, or an unemployed father of 4, struggling with addiction. As you navigate the simulation, you see the world through their eyes. You feel the chaos and the anxiety of poverty. You will come away forever changed.

    Member Cost $25 per person, Non-Member Cost $50 per person. Registration ends June 16th. 

    For questions or to RSVP email charmin@compassioncoalition.org.