Face the Facts: Understanding Urban Poverty


A copyrighted and trade marked simulation style training that asks participants to put themselves in the shoes of those living in poverty in our communities. This simulation engages participants in making tough choices as a family of five living on a limited budget to stimulate awareness, openness, and learning.

Immediately following a poverty training each groups participate in a debrief to think critically about their choices, experiences, and assumptions during the training and start to unlearn harmful ideologies we have come to know and accept as the norm.


Our training can be conducted on site at our retreat center which comfortably holds 40-50 participants. The training is also mobile and can be brought to your site with no mileage fees for those in the Twin Cities Metro. If you are outside of the Twin Cities Metro contact us to discuss options for bringing the simulation to you.


Dependent on number of participants. Contact us for a quote!
Additional fees may apply for additional facilitators, travel and customization.


Training’s can be completed in as little as an hour and a half but can also take up to three hours. We are able to be flexible to meet your groups scheduling needs.

Our training is best suited for young adults, adults, and youth older than 13 years of age.

Understanding that some of the topics and experiences built into our training can be triggering or hit too close to home, participants are invited at the start of each training to step out at any time, to listen to their bodies and minds, and do what is best for them.

We advise that groups be no smaller than 20 and no larger than 50 participants. However, we have facilitated groups of up to 250. Contact us for more information on large group facilitation.



This training is available as is or can be tailored and customized to the specific needs of individual companies, government agencies, non-profits, community and faith groups (fees may apply for customization).

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Small Group Questions is a facilitated reflection and discussion exercise which is a great opening activity for groups and is done immediately before the training. We have found this discussion and unpacking of a groups ideas, assumptions, and prior knowledge around poverty and privilege lays the groundwork for a much more impactful experience and reflection following the poverty training. Fees may apply for add on.

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Questions? Contact us here or call 612-276-1568.