TwinStar CU, South Puget Sound Community College to Partner for Life Simulation Event

80 students from South Puget Sound Community College will participate in the Life Simulation facilitated by TwinStar Credit Union and the Sociology Department of South Puget Sound Community College. The simulation is a role-playing activity, not a game, where participants experience the frustrations and challenges of families who live below the poverty line.

SPCC’s Lacey Campus.

They will have the opportunity to play roles such as grandparents raising grandchildren, single parents, recently unemployed, or evicted and more.  During the simulation, they will have access to community resources, transportation, employment and beyond to help them succeed.

According to, 43.1 million people in 2015 were living below the poverty line ($24,250 for a family of four). Households with children had higher rates of food insecurity (17%), especially households with children headed by single women (30%) or single men (22%). The Life Simulation will help participants understand the challenges and emotions of someone who is living in poverty.

Community Development Manager for TwinStar, Amanda Stevens, has participated in a Life Simulation previously.

“When you run into people at the grocery store, or if you provide customer service, you really don’t know what obstacles someone had to overcome to get there,” she said.  “The Life Simulation really opened my eyes to challenges some people might face that I take for granted – transportation, for example.  I depend on my car to get to my job.  If that were taken away from me that would change how my everyday basic needs would be met. The Life Simulation reminded me of the importance of empathy and patience.”

The Life Simulation will be held on the Lacey campus of SPSCC on February 24th, 2017.

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