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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
6:00-6:30 PM Registration & set-up boxes/tents
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.