One Night in a Box | Poverty Simulation

in partnership with Community Action Ministries


1 Night in a Box/Poverty Simulation is an educational program designed to enlighten participants about the plight of poverty and homelessness. 


Location: Antioch Community Church, 1330 E. Lindsey St., Norman, OK 73071

We will be moving into the PLEX if there is precipitation or if it is below 32°.

Date/Time: Friday, March 29 at 6:00 PM- Sat., March 30 at 7:00 AM

Age limit: Participants must be in sixth grade or older. 

Limited space is available; so to save your spot email Donna Hooper at or call and leave a message at (405)329-8041 to get your name on the list.

Things to bring on Friday:

  • Permission slip/Press release form

  • Money collected ($30.00 minimum to participate) Money will go to non-profit organizations that work to prevent homelessness. Anyone that brings more than $150.00 will have his or her name put in a drawing for a chance to win a gift card.

  • It is not mandatory that you spend the night to participate in the poverty simulation. Just let us know your plans ahead of time.

  • A large cardboard box or individual tent to sleep in - Don’t wait until the last minute to find your box. 

  • Suggested, one roll of duct tape to put your box together

  • One canned vegetable, which will be combined with everyone else’s to make stone soup for the night’s meal

  • Sleeping bag or blankets

  • Wear layers of clothes, gloves & a hat

Things not to bring:

  • Pillow

Tentative agenda:

6:00-6:30 PM Registration & set-up boxes/tents

6:30-6:55 Orientation 

7:00-7:25 PM Guest Speakers from Bridges

7:25-7:35 PM Bathroom break

7:35-8:20 PM Orientation of Poverty Simulation- Receive new identity

8:20-10:00 PM Poverty Simulation

10:00-10:30 PM Debriefing

10:30-11:00 PM Soup Line

11:00-11:30 PM Personal testimony

11:30 PM-6:30 AM sleep in the boxes 

6:30-7:00 AM clean-up & pick-up time

7:00 AM- Please make sure your ride home is on time!!!


Many times the homeless will be able to eat only one meal a day, which might be provided by a non-profit organization or from a dumpster. If participants would like to get a true feeling of what it might be like to be homeless, we ask that they refrain from eating on Friday, until they are served the soup line.