UNITY A JOURNEY OF HOPE

Rating: 4.97 stars   105 reviews

Issues: Human Services

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

Mission: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Unity has provided a much needed civic service to their community. Their compassion and unselfishness that they provide are every lasting. Not only for the client, but their extended families. This nonprofit should be praised for the great work they have done and continue to do.

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

want Unity to be able to grow and provide even more wishes for those adults with life limiting illnesses and their families.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Unity gave my mom her last big night on New Year's Eve of 2012. We heard of unity from my moms cancer doctor. They not only helps my mom in enjoying a spa they also helped me my husband and my daughter get one last great memory before she passed. I can't thank you all enough!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been priveleged to work with this great
organization via a Twitter message. Little did I know
being a part of making a wish come true would
change my life. Megans wish to swim with the dolphins
In Key Largo Fl was an amazing journey for Megan
and her family, and I was able to capture those
priceless moments permanently. John and
Bobbi and their crew are totally dedicated
individuals and we can only hope they continue
their journey. Barbie Wilson, Key West Fl

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Journey of Hope came into my life thru the power of a tweet on Twitter. I was invted to photograph Megan from VA who has Aicardi-Goutiersa syndrome. Her wish was to swim with dolphins. Meeting John and Bobbi and Megan and her family truly changed my life. I met some incredible people doing incredible things thru Journey of Hope. I still get goosebumps remembering the smile on Megans face, and the incredible experience the dolphins had on all of us. Thanks to Dolphins Plus in Key Largo, Journey of Hope and Megans family, I will never forget the time we spent together. Thank you for letting me a special part of Megans wish.. Sincerely... Barbie Wilson Key Westl FL

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Jack Evans and I have a radio talk show on WMBS 590 in Uniontown, Pa. Unity has been guests several times and they always generate many calls of support and praise. I reach hundreds and hundreds of people and I am stop in public by listeners who tell me how wonderful Unity is. I had a company call me and they then gave a donation to Unity. They could only do this because Unity is a non-profit. Unity must keep their status.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Unity actually went above and beyond their usual mission (helping adults with life limiting illness) this year with journey's mission. Unity volunteers and good samaritans collected numerous items for staten island and rented a large box truck and drove it to staten island...In this truck were countless needed items including, full size deoderant,toothbrushes,toothpaste,floss,mouthwash,bar soap, bath gel, lotion,antibacterial gel,face cleasner,makeup remover, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, razors, shaving gel, female sanitary products,diapers,cleansing wipes, as well as hotel sized items of all the previous items. Brand new socks,gloves,winter coats, hoodies, hats,scarves, as well as used brand name items. Jeans,new undies,bras,sweats, etc. Blankets,bed sheets, dog bedding, dog blankets, dog/cat toys, food bowls, animal shampoo, 50lb,20lb,and 12lbs bags of pet food, kitty litter, leashes etc. There were lots of house cleaners,bleach,sponges,brushes, 300pairs of work gloves, toliet cleaners, floor cleaners etc. Glucometers, first aid products, medications such as cold meds,tylenol etc. Shoes, boots, children and baby clothing. Baby items and care products, diapers! Then don't forget the food items! Some store donated 200 loaves of bread, large boxes of stuffing, etc. Bobbi and John are also going to go buy turkey(s) with donation money. Many generously gave! Go Unity!
Unity a journey of hope works hard to provide a free service in this area. There literally are very few groups (if any) that grant wishes to adults with a life limiting or terminal illness. They also adopt a family for operation christmas wish and will work hard to fufill wishes of US veterans. This is a small local group with no big connections so you can imagine how hard they work to grant wishes that involve celebrities. The only payment they need is to see the smile on the wish recipients faces!

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?

A lot

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 a journey of hope works hard to provide a free service in this area. There literally are very few groups (if any) that grant wishes to adults with a life limiting or terminal illness. They also adopt a family for operation christmas wish and will work hard to fufill wishes of US veterans. This is a small local group with no big connections so you can imagine how hard they work to grant wishes that involve celebrities. The only payment they need is to see the smile on the wish recipients faces!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The founders of unity spend every waking moment and many hours of free time to try to make wishes possible and live up to their motto "changing 1 life 1 wish at a time." Unity grants wishes to adults 18 and older that have life limiting illness, free. They have granted over 60 wishes from meeting celebrities, to pulling together a real wedding in 3 days, to helping with obtaining medical supplies.

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

I recently gave the information to our d/c planner at the hospital I work at. We had a female 18 who was diagnosed with Huningtons Correa and life exp was 2yrs left to live. I hope the family uses the information to give her a happy day where she can be a happy 18yr old.

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

nothing

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A close friend says "I want you to go to a meeting with me". "What kind of meeting?" I ask. "You'll see" she responds. When we get there we are welcomed with warm embraces and many thank you's for coming. They don't know who I am, but treat me as if they have known me forever. John and Bobbi Robinson treat everyone that way. They pour there heart and soul into every wish and treat each one as if it is the most important wish they have ever been asked to do. They are truly loving and giving people and it shows in this wonderful charity they have created. Unity, A Journey of Hope is their life. Every volunteer mirrors thier enthusiasm. I am proud to say that I am a part of Unity!

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Life's path can lead you in many different directions, and for me it lead me to Unity, a Journey of Hope. A close friend asks me to accompany her to a "meeting". Not sure what I'm in for I reluctantly go with her. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. The founders and volunteers there were so passionate about their cause, I couldn't help but want to become a volunteer! The wishes they have granted astounds me and the time, effort and heart they put into each and every wish is, without a doubt, amazing! I am so proud to be a part of Unity and I am so thankful that life's path (and my friend) led me to this wonderful organization. I feel blessed to have met all the people that make Unity, a Journey of Hope what it is....a true blessing to those that need it most.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am from the area of Unity A Journey Of Hope, and I love what they do.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Unity-A Journey of Hope's founders work morning, noon and night to grant the wishes of Adults . John and Bobbi grant wishes sometimes in a matter of hours when the need occurs. They give their time and expertise to do things that, when you hear what they've done with the little money they have to work with,, you shake your head in disbelief. There is such a great need in our area for these wonderful wishes. They not only help Fayette County residents but all the surrounding counties. Without Unity, many adults will miss out on a final experience that makes them smile when their Soul is leaving for it's final destination.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am in awe of Unity- A Journey of Hope. John and Bobbi Robison and their volunteers put wishes together in hours that woud take most of us days or weeks. As a hospice nurse, John truely sees the difference one small thing can make to someone on that final Journey and also the family. Bobbi really goes above and beyond with the little details that make a difference. Things the reciepient may not have even asked for. They are the Top of The List Non-profit for so many, not just in our area , but across the country !!!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have small cell lung cancer, a cancer that spreads quickly and is quite deadly. I try to live life to the fullest, continuing to work and do things that I enjoy. I am a huge Steelers and Pirates fan, I run a facebook page called We Support Hines Ward, and have been honored to do work on his career highlights for his website. Being the fan that I am, I desperately wanted to see Hines Ward receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dapper Dan. Thanks to Unity I was able to have my wish granted!! It was the most wonderful and incredible night, and I am so thankful to them for making sure I had my wish. I can't say enough great things about them!

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

A lot

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Small but mighty! So nice to have wonderful people helping their local community and beyond .

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I once read a book about mother Theresa and someone asked her how they could help and she said start in your own community and go in from there .... Unity is doing just that:) I know John and Bobbi personally and their pic should be in the dictionary next to selfless !

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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holly with out people like you unity is nothing ,support doesent come easy here in fayette county , i dont think people read the paper or watch the news because people here dont know we exist ! my staff of hard working wonderful people that i call family are truly the backbone of unity , thanks for your support !