It's a simulation, not a game. House of Hope, Martin County Community Foundation, and the United Way of Martin County are collaborating to host “Dare to Care: A Poverty Simulation” workshop Saturday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the IRSC Chastain Campus in the Clare & Gladys Wolf Technology Center located at 2400 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.
Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families in Martin County, but the daily struggles can be an abstract idea for those who have never experienced it firsthand. This simulation bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. An interactive immersion experience, this event aims to sensitize community participants to the realities of poverty. The goal is to enlighten Martin County’s influential members, leadership, and residents in order to better advocate for problems suffered by underresourced locals.
Participants will be assigned an identity and typical circumstances of someone who is facing poverty in order to experience how dynamic and interwoven the common challenges are for local residents. The task is to obtain food, shelter, and other basic necessities by accessing various community resources during the course of four 15-minute "weeks." They will interact with volunteers posing as service providers such as agency workers, law enforcement, teachers, government entities, employers and more. This inclusive simulation will challenge perceptions and perspectives, inspiring new understanding and empathy for what so many fellow Martin County residents face.
The event is limited to 80 participants and space is filling up fast. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and light refreshments will be served throughout the day. To register for the Dare to Care Poverty Simulation, participants may sign up online or call Lauren Mustelier at (772)286-4673 x 1004.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Top Chef Martin County to benefit House of Hope. The sizzling battle starts with five amateur chefs and a surprise pantry of ingredients commonly found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors will have 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish proving their culinary skills are worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A uniquely selected panel of local notables and professional chefs will then critique the crafted cuisine. The head to head contest will take place in the kitchen at The District Bar & Table. Guests will enjoy gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, live music, dancing and more. Come cheer on your favorite chef during the spirited battle!
National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Each year on the second Saturday of May, letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable foods as part of the nation’s largest food drive, distributing the donations to local food banks. The timing couldn't be better for House of Hope, a recipient agency for the food collected in Martin County. Despite its wealth more than 200,000 Martin County residents, 64,000 of which are children, do not know where their next meal will come from and pairing decreased seasonal employment along with school lunch programs closing for the summer, the need for safety net services including food, clothing, and financial assistance is about to rise. The public is encouraged to participate in this food drive on May 11, by leaving non-perishable food donations by mailboxes and in post offices, to feed the hungry of all ages in our community, especially during the summer months when resources are fewer – together, House of Hope and the Martin County community can help to Stamp Out Hunger.
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