Christian Groups to Show Individuals What It’s Like to Cope with Poverty

Harvest America, SBC, United Greater Dallas Offer Programs June 8-9

DALLAS, May 17, 2018 – Harvest America will partner with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Unite Greater Dallas and local subject matter experts to present the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) at three area locations June 8-9.

COPE is part of Crossover 2018, a program of evangelistic and compassion ministries, including Harvest America, leading up to the SBC’s annual meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The Crossover Harvest America evangelistic crusade will be held June 10 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


SBC leaders have praised Crossover for the impact it has had on communities hosting the annual meeting. John Collins, executive director of Harvest Ministries, said COPE offers a snapshot of the obstacles, decisions and consequences of poverty.

“Real families who live in poverty have graciously shared their stories so that COPE can expose people to real situations,” he said. “In a typical scenario, organizers  assign participants roles to play – either family member or service provider, such as a school or grocery story. Then the group simulates a month in which they have to pay bills, buy food, manage transportation, etc. It’s an eye-opening experience for most people.”

Participants will also have the option of participating in a compassion-related activity. The topics and area locations are:

Veterans and poverty: Veterans Resource Center; 4900 S. Lancaster Road, Dallas, Texas 75216; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, June 8.

The vulnerability of low-income children with a focus on human trafficking:   Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, Texas 75007. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9. 

Racial discrimination and inequities: Woodcreek Church, 3400 E. Renner Road, Richardson, Texas 75082. 1-5 p.m., Saturday, June 9.

Rebecca Walls, executive director of Unite Greater Dallas, praised COPE for the way it highlights “important aspects of poverty and its effect on related issues such as homelessness, education, mental health and more.”

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