COST OF
POVERTY EXPERIENCE

WHAT IS COPE?

The Cost of Poverty Experience offers between 50 and 140 participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in our community -- 
the obstacles, decisions, and consequences that impact them every day.

WHO IS COPE FOR?

Churches & Youth Groups
for discipleship & mobilization

NONPROFITS
for training or fundraising

EDUCATORS & HEALTHCARE
for professional
development

BUSINESSES
for community engagement

FAMILIES
for a shared learning experience

WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

“In dramatic contrast to the surrounding region’s economic prosperity, the city of
Dallas has one of the highest concentrations of poverty in the nation. Many of these residents are unemployed or underemployed, preventing them from benefiting from the region’s economic growth. This opportunity gap is disproportionately affecting African-Americans and Hispanics, who represent a large and growing pool of potential middle-skill workers, just as the region needs to expand its talent pipeline.”

(JP Morgan Chase & Co., New Skills at Work Report, May 2015)

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

98%

of COPE participants report a shift in thinking

82%

of COPE participants are ready to be part of the solution