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~May 2011~

SPENT is a poverty game that is not as much fun as Monopoly.  Players make decisions about the groceries to buy, a sick dog, a child who doesn’t want to eat at school and be made fun of for eating free or reduced lunch, a friend moves in to sleep on a sofa and disrupts the entire household (but $200 is coming in), you lose your job over a lie, and the list goes on.  Disasters every day.

Urban Ministries of Durham has an online game that forces the player to make the choices that those who are unemployed and/or poor are forced to make every day.  It is personal way of helping people understand the stresses of having inadequate income.  Players can share their responses.  It could be used in a training session where volunteers will be working with those who are poor, underemployed, or unemployed.  Even if you do not work with the poor, play “Spent” and appreciate what you do have.



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