Several local organizations gathered Tuesday morning to try to better understand the people they want to help. The Lampion Center, the United Way and the Bridges Out of Poverty group gathered for a poverty simulation. The goal is to put group members in the shoes of low-income individuals and simulate first-hand the obstacles and situations they come up against. The theme of the meeting was "connections count." It embraces the idea that children live better lives when their families are strong and live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities. Lynn Kyle of the Lampion Center says, "Everyone knows Evansville is a great place to live, but there are many families who are struggling with a lot of economic issues and need community support and the hope that comes from families helping take care of one another." These "connections" celebrated during National Family Week, include access to reliable transportation, employment opportunities, education and child care.