The Cost of Poverty Experience is an training that offers participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in our community. It is a look into the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact these families every day. The CareSource Foundation has partnered with Think Tank to develop COPE, which was co-designed with low-income individuals who have shared their story so that participants could gain greater understanding. Many organizations and communities across the nation use COPE to work more effectively with low-income families to understand and address the issues of poverty more comprehensively.
This is a 2.5 hour experiential event that accommodates 40 to 120 participants and 17 to 21 volunteers.
The COPE College Edition™ allows participants to have a greater understanding of the juggling act many non-traditional, under-resourced students face on their way to transcend poverty. It also equips educators with the insights of how they can design programs to better assist these students and increase retention and completion rates. The COPE College Edition™ was developed in partnership with Sinclair Community College.
The Faith Edition™ equips participants to have a greater understanding of the conditions of poverty and the need for holistic, relationally based solutions. COPE Faith Edition™ provides real life scenarios of the challenges that families experiencing poverty are facing as well as citing examples of church and faith-based ministries that are working to impact poverty in their communities.
The Reentry Simulation is designed to offer a powerful learning experience that acts as a catalyst to increase urgency and engagement around higher impact solutions for reducing incarceration and recidivism throughout Ohio.
This edition features the real, everyday challenges faced by Returning Citizens and their families as they reenter their community from incarceration.