Can you escape a day in crisis? Based on real experiences in the Rapid City community, our Poverty Escape Room offers you a vivid opportunity to become a more compassionate neighbor.

We won’t spoil the experience for you, but we can share how this unique learning opportunity came to be.

The Poverty Escape Room is the brainchild of the SD Statewide Family Engagement Center, housed at Black Hills Special Services Cooperative. According to Morgan Von Hayden “We decided to develop the Poverty Escape Room, because we wanted more community members, helping organizations, and businesses to experience what it feels like to live in the crisis of poverty. This is based on a true story of a grandma I worked with. With her permission, we developed the Escape Room to put participants in her shoes, encountering the difficult choices she faced daily. The Poverty Room is just one step in that direction of bringing people together and understanding of how to help each other.”

Local organizations find value in the Poverty Escape Room. Hear from Bluepeak, RCS Construction, Black Hills State University, and Monument Health on what they learned from this experience.

Join Us for our Next Escape Room

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation will host four Poverty Escape Rooms in 2024.

We also hope you join us to experience community systems through a Different Lens, one that considers the barriers, stressors, and realities faced daily by our neighbors living in crisis.