MCW-Central Wisconsin hosted a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) on February 27, 2017. This learning tool has been created as a way to help people understand the realities of poverty. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Some are TANF recipients, some are disabled, and some are senior citizens on Social Security. They have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute "weeks." They interact with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others.