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Potomac Center welcomes Journey of Hope cyclists

August 31, 2005

The Potomac Center welcomed the Push America/Journey of Hope Team of bicyclists Aug. 11. This was the 16th consecutive year that the center has provided overnight accommodations for the Northern Route team of cyclists.

The center's volunteer association hosted a picnic for team members and those who live at the center. Following an overnight stay, the team completed the final leg of its journey to Washington, D.C.

Push America (People Understanding the Severely Handicapped) is the national outreach project of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle trip involving students from many different universities and colleges that promotes the abilities of people with disabilities. Its mission is to raise funds and public awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.

Journey of Hope included three teams of cyclists. The Northern and Southern route teams traveled from San Francisco to Washington. Each route is about 4,000 miles and takes 63 days to complete.

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The Trans America Team was a new team this year. This group followed the original route taken by Bruce Rogers in 1987. They traveled from Florence, Ore., to Washington - a route of 4,285 miles that takes 71 days to complete.

The Potomac Center is accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership. It is a state-supported facility under the jurisdiction of the Developmental Disabilities Administration, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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