Center for Human Services
Center for Human Services


CHS Teams Up with Ability Experience

The Center for Human Services (CHS) teamed up with The Ability Experience as a part of the route for their Journey of Hope. The Ability Experience is the philanthropic initiative of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity that remains, to this day, an unparalleled success in the Greek world. Founded in 1977, they strive to instill a passion for lifelong service in our fraternity members while helping to empower people living with disabilities.

In 1987, one man’s dream of riding his bike across the country came true. What he did not know was the inspiration and motivation his trek across America would give to The Ability Experience. The very next year his ride inspired The Ability Experience to create the largest fraternal fundraising and awareness event of its kind, the Journey of Hope. Today the Journey of Hope covers 32 different states, cycling over 12,000 miles combined, it is solely comprised of members of Pi Kappa Phi and continues to spread a message of acceptance and understanding for people with disabilities.

Chanisty Lambert, the CHS Training Coordinator, plans several social leisure events each year in various counties throughout Missouri. She shared, “It is my belief, that these events allow our individuals to be who they are meant to be, to experience life without limitations and be free of societal stipulations and requirements. It gives them a chance to relax, have fun, and be around friends.”

Chanisty coordinated the event with The Ability Experience to schedule an ice cream social in Sedalia as a stop on the coast-to-coast trek. The event, which had 100 in total attendance, was a huge success!

For more information on upcoming social leisure events, or to find out how you can volunteer to assist at an event, please contact Chanisty at or 660.826.4400.


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