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March 11, 2020

Leadership Fauquier to host ‘poverty simulation’ April 14

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Open to the public, the free event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fauquier Hospital.
Leadership Fauquier will host a “poverty simulation” exercise Tuesday, April 14, in Warrenton.

Six percent of county households live in poverty, while “an additional 31 percent of your neighbors are one paycheck from disaster,” said Sandra Roszel, executive director of the local leadership development program.

“A significant number of jobs available in Fauquier County do not pay enough to adequately cover housing, food, childcare, health care and transportation in our county,” Ms. Roszel added. “The most recent report from the United Way’s Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed (ALICE) report identifies these neighbors as young families, retirees or even new graduates starting out. They are someone you know.”

Through the Virginia Tech Poverty Simulation, each participant on April 14 take on the persona of an ALICE family member or a service provider who interacts with an ALICE family. After the simulation, local leaders will participate in a panel discussion of county resources to help those families.

A facilitated discussion will take place during lunch, and the day will conclude by exploring ways attendees can become part of a solution.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital.

“Our community is blessed with a people rich in shared values, exceptional talents and great ideas,” Ms. Roszel said. “The poverty symposium offers a unique experience for our community leaders to learn and put their heads together to explore an area important to all who live here.

“This is an opportunity to be curious and accept responsibility for how we participate as members of our Fauquier community.”

To register for the poverty symposium — free and open to the public, click here.
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JDwarrenton · March 20, 2020 at 7:27 am
Hey I've got an idea. How about a "private sector simulation" where all those folks working for government get to experience no paycheck because their businesses were shut down by government decree due to the Wuhan Virus??

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