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Your Views: You can learn what it’s like to ‘walk in shoes’ of poor

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April 10, 2014

I must respond to Tina M. Wurtz’s letter April 8 (“Society can’t make excuses for people’s poor choices,” Page 4A).

I have never been poor! When I joined the YWCA Board several years ago, part of my initial challenge was to understand what many of our clients were experiencing. The YWCA poverty simulation was eye-opening for me. It focused on decisions I had to make from the reality of being poor. It clearly illustrated how difficult it was when I had choices to make with extremely limited resources. Often I was “given” life circumstances that provided me with few options. I found “walking in their shoes” even for just an hour to be difficult, heart-breaking.

For all interested people, please find out for yourself about the reality of poverty in our community and what resources are available. ECHO is facilitating a Poverty Simulation from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday, April 29, at the Rock County Job Center. Call Jessica at 608-754-5333, to register. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn.

JEANNE CARFORA

Janesville



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