We recently had another team meeting this past Thursday, and it was really wonderful to see everyone again after break! We also had a few new faces, so it was great to get to see them for the first time as well. We started our meeting off with a game called Sneetches. In this game, everyone is asked the same question and is only allowed a one word (or short phrase) answer, with no explanations or qualifications. At the end, everyone says who surprised them the most, who they want to learn more about, things like that. Some of the questions included:
What do you most like to do with a free hour?
What is your best quality? What is your worst quality?
What has been the most challenging moment in your life?
What is your favorite book?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
We all really liked this game, and I thought it was great for all of us to get to know each other better. After that, we all played on playspent.org. This is a website that takes you through a month of living in impoverished conditions, and you have to see if you can make it through the month. As we found out, the game was created specifically for Baltimore, so it was interesting and challenging to try to live with decisions like: With $200 in the bank for the rest of the month, do you pay your rent for $300 or do you skip out a month and pay nothing? Or if your child is embarrassed to be on food stamps, do you spend $5 a day to let them buy their lunch or do you make them use the food stamps anyway?
We reflected on this activity, and everyone was astounded and taken aback. As one person put it, it was hard enough to make these decisions in a game. Making these decisions in real life would be even more challenging.
Then, we talked about trying to do the SNAP Challenge on our experience. The SNAP Challenge involves only spending $4.40 per day per person on food. This is the same amount that you would receive if you were on food stamps. We decided to take the challenge 🙂
Finally, we chatted about some more logistics of our trip and the last few things we need to do before we have our experience.
Hopefully the next blog post will be about our pre-trip service, so stay tuned!