City of Gastonia to Host Poverty Simulation

The City of Gastonia’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department will host a Poverty Simulation on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Erwin Recreation Center located at 913 N. Pryor Street in Gastonia. The simulation aims to provide participants with a glimpse into the daily challenges faced by individuals and families living in poverty. This event is free and open to the public.

“Poverty is a stark reality for many in our community, yet it often remains misunderstood by those who have not experienced it firsthand,” said Cherie Jzar. “We hope participants will gain empathy, understanding, and insight into the complexities of poverty as we join together to create a more inclusive and supportive community for all.”

According to 2022 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.2% of people in Gastonia live in poverty and 18% of children under the age of 18 also live in poverty.

Five Things to Know About This Event

  • The event is free and open to the public.
  • Interactive exercises will be facilitated by experts form the Charlotte Crisis Assistance Ministry Team.
  • Participants are asked to arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the program for check-in.
  • Participants are asked to support this event with empathy and an open mind.
  • Registration is required through Eventbrite or by using the QR Code below:

For more information about the Poverty Simulation, contact Cherie Jzar, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, City of Gastonia at