On February 8, 2010, the Urban Ministries of Durham, with the assistance of McKinney, launched SPENT, an online program that challenges participants to attempt to survive poverty. Play the game here. The Urban Ministries of Durham provides food, shelter, clothing, and supportive services to those in need throughout the Durham community.
SPENT, which had over one million plays in almost two hundred countries as of August 2011 , is an interactive computer game that provides users with $1,000 at the beginning of a month and brings up real-life scenarios that require spending, such as health insurance, children’s field trips, rent, and food. Players must make choices, test their skills, and attempt to survive.
Urban Ministries of Durham Executive Director Patrice Nelson states, “As players struggle to stay afloat, we hope they appreciate more clearly the realities facing the many individuals and families UMD serves.” The goal is to challenge the way people think about poverty and homelessness and educate users about the struggles that so many men, women, and children are facing in our country today.
Challenge yourself and your ideas surrounding the difficulty or ease it might take to survive poverty. Play SPENT!