College to Host Poverty Simulation "Living on the Edge" to Show Harsh Realities of Poverty

Release Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a poverty simulation, “Living on the Edge” on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. in Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall. Sponsored by Kappa Delta Epsilon Honor Society and the Education Department, the event aims to increase awareness and promote social justice for the poor.


The event is also co-sponsored by Student Activities, the Student Government Association, the Service Learning program, Campus Ministry, and the criminal justice, religious studies, and Psy.D. programs at the College.


Participants in the exercise will get to take a walk in the shoes of a family as they attempt to meet their obligations with limited resources. Participants are assigned a role in a family and must fulfill the responsibilities of that family member over four simulated weeks. Staffed community resources are provided and families must navigate the community supports while going to work, dropping children off at school or child care, and paying bills.


“Living on the Edge” provides hands on experience of living in poverty,” says Debra Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at Chestnut Hill College. “As part of Chestnut Hill College’s commitment to social justice, the poverty simulation presents an opportunity to face the struggles of those less fortunate.”


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Debra Lawrence, assistant professor of education at 215.753.3614 or