Plans are now underway for Push America’s Journey of Hope to make another visit to Sedalia this summer. Last June, Journey of Hope brought their cycling event to the Center for Human Services’ social leisure event. Over one hundred participants enjoyed an ice cream social that included music and dancing, games, door prizes and social interaction with the 35 cyclists. The event was held at First Christian Church in Sedalia.
Push America’s mission is, “Building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today,” which has been fulfilled for more than 35 years. Although lives have been changed, Push America’s vision to “Change the way society views both people with disabilities and fraternities” remains unchanged.
According to its website, “Push America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. Push America was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Although the organization is still fulfilling the purpose for which it was intended, Push America has grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit with numerous programs educating undergraduates, alumni and communities about the abilities of people with disabilities.”
For the past few years, a $500 grant was awarded annually to the Center from Push America to purchase technology equipment to support the social leisure program. The friendships developed at the ice cream socials have been memorable. “The event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. Simply put, the Journey of Hope is a ride with a purpose. Make no mistake; this is not a simple ride. Journey of Hope is about many things. It is about challenging the norm. It is about serving our communities. It is about finding out more about ourselves than we ever imagined. It is about having a dream. It is about a mission. It is about hope.” --Story & photos submitted.