News & Inspiration


December 17, 2019

    Join us for this important series

    Wednesdays, January 15 - 29
    6:00 PM

    Mark your calendars now for this series to learn more about our city and our neighbors. Dinner is available each Wednesday in the Blue Room at 5:30 PM ($9 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children), so come, eat, and then join us for these after-dinner programs.

    January 15: The Benefits Cliff

    A “benefits cliff” is what happens when public benefit programs drop off or suddenly end because household earnings increase. This abrupt reduction in, or loss of, benefits can be very disruptive for individuals and families and result in an overall loss of economic well-being. Even though household earnings may have increased, without the benefits, expenditures for necessities, such as child care or food, increase. Benefit cliffs create disincentives for people to become more educated, take on more responsibility or move up the economic ladder. They are a significant hindrance to people becoming self-sufficient. This Benefits Cliff program is provided by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. Goodwill has created this fascinating simulator to model what will happen to households under various economic situations. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and appreciate the choices that some of our neighbors are forced to make.

    January 22: Poverty Simulation

    A poverty simulation is a facilitated two-hour immersive experience designed to create awareness of life at the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Participants are assigned to “families” or to one of the “service providers,” such as an employer, bank, pawn shop, child care, or aide office. Family members do their best to survive week-to-week over a simulated one-month period. The simulation presents participants with real-life scenarios and challenges faced by people living in poverty. The exercise is immediately followed by a group debrief, during which participants reflect on the experience, discuss insights, and consider next steps. This is an opportunity for youth and their parents as well as all other adults. Presented by Crisis Assistance Ministry. 

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    January 29: Neighborhood Data Visualization

    Thanks to UNCC’s College of Arts and Architecture Professor Dr. Ming-Chun Lee and the Levine Museum of the New South, we will experience a technological stroll through decades of neighborhood changes. As part of #HomeCLT: People, Places, Promises, this augmented reality visualization shows the growth and decline of specific Charlotte neighborhoods as part of the overall growth patterns of Charlotte, as a result of urban renewal and the development of Uptown Charlotte, and due to lesser known but significant influences as ‘red-lining’ and the GI bill. This is part of a multi-year, multi-faceted exploration of neighborhoods and communities within Charlotte. It is story-telling. It is revealing. It is challenging. It is us – Charlotte. Bring your smart phone and join the conversation.