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Unity a Journey of Hope

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239 Town Country Rd % John A Robinson Vanderbilt PA 15486 USA

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We at Unity, A Journey of Hope have built a strong foundation from our Southwestern Pennsylvania roots and growing our Non-Profit Organization to granting over 100 wishes to date. Unity, A Journey of Hope Created in the spring of 2007 and has since become a non-profit, tax-exempt, public charity. Unity, A Journey of hope presently services: Southwestern Pennsylvania, the greater Pittsburgh and surrounding tri-state areas. Founded in Vanderbilt, PA., Fayette County. built circa 1854, known to neighbors as "The Unity School." Following a life-time dream John & Bobbi remodeled their home in 2001 In August of 2007 Bobbi & John decided to create a non-profit that grants wishes not only to Johns patients but they extended their hands to the surrounding community in order to grant wishes. This endeavor has proven to be a true blessing to the Robinson's. , Johns hospice work was a stepping stone to what is now named "Unity, A Journey of Hope." Granting wishes to adults with life-limiting illnesses. Unity from its humble beginnings has grown into a national wish granting organization. Within this past year their hands have indeed stretched far beyond their local community granting wishes in Houston Texas, Denver Colorado, New Jersey, and Chicago Illinois as well as the greater Pittsburgh area. Unity's reach is not limited. Unity has "Operation Christmas Wish" where Unity gives the spirit of Christmas to families, whose parent has a life-limiting illness and cannot afford Christmas. Unity also "Adopts a Veteran" each year to say "Thanks for your service." Unity also leases out Durable Medical Equipment to people who may fall through the cracks and have needs that insurance can't help with. So won't you please consider helping unity grow, become a volunteer, volunteer your expertise, donate, get involved in making Unity a premier wish granting organization and like our motto states, with YOU and UNITY we will... "Change one life, one wish at a time..." To "Change One Life, One Wish at a Time" Unity grants wishes to adults 18 years of age and older with life-limiting illnesses.

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My family and I were blessed by the kindness and selflessness of Bobbi and John Robinson with Unity when our dog went missing in Uniontown, PA. They are such a wonderful couple with a wonderful charity, full of love and light, looking to help make others lives better and more fulfilling.

 
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My brother Andy Kubiak has glioblastoma stage IV Brain cancer and John & Bobbi has gone out of their way to plan an extra special meeting with Jerome Bettis and be part of the tapping of his show. After spending time with Andy and signing autographs all of us enjoyed a meal at Jerome Bettis Grille #36. Such a great and memorable day! Felt wonderful to see my brothers smile like we haven't seen in months. This experience helped him forget about his cancer if only but a short time. Would highly recommend this origination and ask for donations and/or volunteers so as to carry this hope and dreams on to others!
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This was a review sent to me John Robinson from a medical Social worker about a patient she has and UNITY granted a wish for....

I am a pediatric oncology social worker. One of my "kids" had recently relapsed at the age of 19. Most wish foundations allow wishes up to the age of 18. My young adult was understandably upset by the news, She is a sophomore in college and was unable to return to school. She had committed to 18 months of missionary work and, due to the relapse, was unable to meet her commitment. Her world, along with the family's world, had crashed around them. This news put me on a mission to find an organization who could grant her the wish of an iPad mini. She said it would allow her to keep in touch with her friends at school, read books on line and communicate with her family, during times when she could not leave her home.

When I read about "Unity A Journey of Hope", I immediately sent in a referral. John Robinson contacted me through email, requesting more information. John was very clear with stating the foundation could not guarantee to grant the wish but he would do his best. Several weeks later I received the email stating the wish had been granted. I am not sure who was more excited, John or me. I promised not to tell the family so it would be a surprise.

The next time I saw my family, the recipient was just smiling from ear to ear; something I had not seen since she began treatment. Mom was just as excited.

I would like to thank your wonderful foundation for being so generous, not only to my family, but to all the families you touch. I wish there were words to describe how much our families appreciate the gifts but, the wonderful by-product of it all, is the parents finally seeing their child smile again. It is just priceless.

Wishing all the best to everyone involved with "Unity A Journey of Hope".



Have a great day!

 
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I am John the Co-Founder of UNITY. Recently we have been seeking grants and support. A lot of corporation want to see outcomes and goals that produce something material or tangible that you can see, feel, smell, touch. With Unity we may not be able too fill those shoes but, when a wish recipient says to me, " I forgot I had cancer today" or " I did not think I would see my husband ever smile again" or after Unity granted a wish to a 94 year old lady she said to me, " I have been on hospice waiting to die, but because of the wish I can't wait to live!" UNITY A JOURNEY OF HOPE, "Changing lives 1 wish at a time..." This is what UNITY is about and IF you want to make a difference come join our PASSION!

 
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Unity has existed now for 5 1/2 years changing lives along the way. Giving HOPE when hope is ripped away by a life-limiting illness. Unity changes the focus and helps create memories that transcend time.
Wishes that include family are my favorites. Seeing families bond, laugh, smile and realize even if for a
minute or a day that LIFE is worth living and they all get to share. Do I wish Unity was bigger...YES...
Do I wish Unity has a million dollars...YES... Do I wish for corporate sponsorship...YES... UNITY is truly blessed in more ways than one and my 3 wishes in no way are a measure of success, because each wish we do DOES change lives, creates memories and creates a purpose. Is UNITY a SUCCESS...YES... and wont you join UNITY and help us "Change lives, 1 wish at a time..."

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Unity grants wishes to adults w/a life-limiting illness. They are small but the wishes they grant are life-changing. They give HOPE when hope is ripped away by such an illness. Changing the focus is what Unity does. They are a great organization and accountable. I would donate to them ipo a HUGE national charity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Unity grants wishes to adults w/a life-limiting illness. UNITY not only grants the wish but Unity also changes the FOCUS off of the dis-ease to the wish. UNITY gives HOPE where none is an option. UNITY gives people the inner strength to persevere in the eyes of adversity. UNITY also grants wishes to veterans, Unity also has Operation Christmas Wish, and Unity also leases for FREE Medical Equipment for people to use. I love the joy it brings. Write a review, view the website and share the joy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by going on wishes that were granted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help in the IT dept, PR dept so it can grow!

 
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My name is Megan and I am 19 years old. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymophoblastic Leukemia. I went through treatment and then four years later I relapsed. This has been a difficult time for me and Unity A Journey of Hope was so kind to grant my wish of receiving an iPad mini. I wanted one so that I could watch movies, read eBooks, and play games on it while I was at clinic getting treatments and for at home to distract me when I'm not feeling well. They have been so kind and I am extremely grateful for the gift they sent me!

 
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I belong to a not for profit motorcycle rights organization, ABATE, and I've been fortunate enough to work with Unity on several fundraisers as well as helping grant a wish. I'm always amazed at what they can accomplish on such a grand scale while operating on such a minimal budget. I've nothing but positive and glowing comments to say about the organization and it's volunteers. In this era of such negativity and selfishness, Unity stands as a reminder that there is still good being done in this world.

 
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There are not enough stars for this organization. My father was diagnosed with cancer in sept 2009. In Nov. I was in the car in the mid. of the nite and I heard about this wish granting thing on the radio. I wrote the number down and passed it on to my mom not really thinking anything would come of it. Boy, was I wrong.

Mom called the number and talked to John Robinson. And things kind of snowballed from there. I believe it was within a month that Dad and mom were outside the Statue of Liberty. Daddy was a Navy Vet of 22 years and I never knew that he always wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. He had seen it from a distance but was never actually there and the look on his face when he saw it was priceless. John ended up being my dad’s Hospice nurse at the time also.

John and Bobbie both cared for my mom and dad with a lot of empathy, Humor and love.

In 2013 my mom was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2014. . John was her nurse also. I learned a lot about how hospice worked and the processes when someone passes. There is too many words for this organization.

He was always real honest, even when it was hard to do so. Had my family and I not had the great fortune of being blessed by this organization, I don’t know that I would have been able to handle their passings as easily as I have. I know they really Helped my parent’s and many other families. They are really a blessing. Thank you Unity!

Terri
Daughter of David and Shirley Hall

 
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Such an amazing group of human beings making then impossible, possible! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication that you do every day and the countless hours that go unseen!

 
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I have been a volunteer since November 2014. I am 30 years of age and have been involved in many organizations over those years. I have never been a part of an organization that gives hope like this one. From the founders down to every last volunteer I watch people brainstorm, give time, give whatever they are able to give to show someone who needs it that there is still genuine human love to give to this world. We live in a world that is infatuated with technology, money, and a slew of other bitter qualities, but the existence of Unity helps to build a bridge between genuine human love and emotion to the person who truly needs it in their life.

 
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My mom, Carmel, was diagnosed in sept. of 1999 with ovarian cancer. She went in for a cyst removal of her right ovary, the doctors assured her it was NOT cancer. When she woke up she was on the oncology floor of the hospital, she thought however, it was because my cousin who is an Registered Nurse on that floor that they put her on there. I was starting my freshman year of high school and my little brother was 10years old. Well the doctors broke the news to her, she took it well! She began Chemo immediately. However when her hair started falling out in the shower by the clumps, that was the hardest for her. My mom worked hard all her life to provide for my brother and I. She had to quit her job the chemo gave her neuropathy in her feet (could not feel her feet). Many many years pasted, many other problems made her health worse. The cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.. She knew she did not have much longer on this earth. She found this awesome wonderful organization.. Journey of Hope... Her last wishes was to stick her feet in the sand. Bobbie and John made this all possible.. My parents did not have the money to made her wish come true, but because of Bobbie and John my mom got her dream. Sadly on August 22, 2008 my mom lost her battle with cancer.
She was 48 years young.. In conclusion, Journey of Hope is just not an organization, it is a persons last days months of their dreams, wishes, and or hopes... I have never meet Bobbie and John but from the experience my mom had in her final months here, this trip was what she talked and about. I can never thank Bobbie and John for what they have done for my mom, but please know you have touch so many people and their families with what you do.. Thank you Bobbie and John, so was my moms angels here on earth and she can be yours from heaven.. Thank you again, Teri Linn

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

 
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These folks have super hearts and do amazing work!

 
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