PovertySimCommunity Services, Maryville, held a poverty simulation June 27. Participants were given scenarios for families or individuals dealing with poverty. Kelly Quinlin and Karen Kepka discuss strategy before beginning the “fourth week.” Each week is a 15-minute segment and the simulation runs for a month. Quinlin is portraying a 42 -ear-old husband who is jobless and Kepka is the 39-year-old wife who is still employed. The couple has three children, including a pregnant 16-year-old, are now homeless and have had their car stolen.

If groups, schools, churches or businesses are interested in holding a poverty simulation, contact Norma Eckerson at 660.582.3113.