Joliet Junior College nursing students experienced what it is like to live in poverty through a simulation hosted by the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Resource stations included a grocery store, a social services office, a bank and others. Volunteers role-played police officers, mortgage collectors, social services caseworkers and employers and more. The students tried to take care of essentials like food, work and health care with minimal resources.
Northern Illinois Food Bank marketing communications specialist Megan Rodawold, was the simulation’s facilitator.
JJC Nursing Professor Kathy Wolz said that the simulation helped her students understand the day-to-day complexities and frustrations of people who live in poverty.