Poverty is a nationwide epidemic.

We hear the statistics. 46 million Americans live in poverty.

While we have a thriving community with much wealth and growth, Knox County is no different. 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children live in poverty.

So what can we do about it?


For those of us who have never “walked in their shoes,” we probably have a hard time understanding what life is like for a person who lives in poverty. The Cost of Poverty Experience, or COPE (created by Think Tank, Inc.), is a 3-hour interactive event that offers a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in the community.

COPE offers a snapshot of the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact families every day. COPE also reveals how the policies and systems within our community help, or hinder, the progress of these families.

COPE represents the lives of REAL families who live in poverty and have graciously shared their stories so that people across the country can be exposed to REAL people, REAL situations, and REAL barriers that exist.

COPE is presented by:

For more information or to schedule a COPE for your businesses, church, non-profit, school, or other group, please inquire using the form below. 

COPEKnox.org facilitates the Cost of Poverty Experience for the East Tennessee region.

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Outside East Tennesse, contact contact@thinktank-inc.org.