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  • EIN 26-0472019
  • (724) 963-3607
  • 239 Town Country Rd Vanderbilt PA 15486 USA

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Causes: Human Services, Salvation Army

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.

Programs: Program expenses (final wishes of terminally ill adults)

grant wishes to terminally ill adults.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kristen80

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unity, a Journey of Hope are amazing group of people!! I couldnt not be more thankful for them to come into our lives and help my mom's dream come too. She got to meet Rascal Flatts in person. She has been battling small cell carcinoma lung cancer for 2 years. She has been through radiation, chemotherapy , brain surgery ( as it spread ), hospital stays, etc. a rough road for her and to see something like this happen to her after all the bad has been amazing. She was the happiest ive seen her for a long time. It meant so much not only to her but to her whole family. Rascal Flatts pointed to my mom.. said her name and sang to her " my wish " . Moments like that we will forever cherish. THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible!! ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

How truly grateful I am to have met John and Bobbi Robinson. God made sure I was supposed to meet these wonderful people .They say people come into your life for a reason and now I know the magic of his power. I am just passing my third year battle with small cell lung cancer with mets to the brain, It has been a long rough road but I still continue to fight.
Unity a Journey of hope granted me the best wish I could have ever received. 1 week in Selbyville , Delaware . (It is right on the border of OC Maryland) My husband and I never did get a real honeymoon so this of course was the ultimate wish for me !!!! We stayed at a wonderful beach house at Mallard lakes.
The trip was great!! Lots of beach time !! The ocean is my favorite place . Lots of fishing, lots and lots of wonderful sites to see. and LOTS OF FOOD! I was amazed at how much country was there, I soaked in all I could in 1 week. It was so great to be able to feel the sand between my toes and hold my husbands hand and have his heart. I appreciated all the things you had given us. I prayed several times thanking the Good Lord for the kindness of John and Bobbi for giving me this wish and the wonderful time. I wish somehow I could have just froze time .
Thank you to Unity a journey of Hope and to all who volunteer their time to this exceptional organization. I will never forget the most wonderful week of my life and will forever be grateful for all you did for myself and my husband God bless all of you!! Edie And Jeff Rice

Client Served

Rating: 5

While battling cancer for the third time, Unity provided my want, need and desire to sit on the beach with the wind on my face and feet in the sand. It gave me the renewed strength to keep up the fight. Words can't thank them enough. God bless you both for the things you are doing. How can you rate them anything less than a five star. They give expecting nothing in return.

Barb38

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unity provides my daughter Stacey with her wish to meet race car driver Kasey Kahne.I had been trying to make this happen for her without any luck.Contacted John at Unity one evening,he got right on it.Within 2 days he had it all set up for my daughter! I was in tears When I received the call saying when and where the meeting would take place.Just let me say as a mother of a daughter who wanted this so badly ,Unity made this happen for her.Seeing the smile on her face when Kasey came out will stay in my heart forever.There are no non profits out there that make wishes come true for adults but Unity does and John never stop till he makes it happen.This group is like no other the way Grant wishes to adults who also deserve their wish to come true as well.Thank you John at Unity for putting a smile on my daughter's face something I hadn't seen along while.You all ROCK.God Bless!

1 Jeannine Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

How do you put into words the gratefulness you feel when God places selfless, wonderful people in your life?
John and Bobbi Robinson are exactly that.
I have been battling cancer for three years now. My children were aged 7 and 11 when I got diagnosed and have seen things and worried about things a child should never have to.
My condition was so bad that I couldn't even have physical closeness with them for over a year.
John heard about my story and contacted me. He and his wife worked tirelessly until they were able to send my family away from all things cancer for awhile.
It rejuvenated us and reminded us what life feels like besides cancer.
They have been great friends and have talked me through some rough things.
I will be forever grateful for the smiles and laughter placed on my families faces, I haven't seen that carefree look in a long time!
If you are able to donate to this organization can personally attest that they will make s difference in someone's life.
They certainly have in mine !

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2014 we found out my husband who was only 34 at the time has congestive heart failure that his heart was only working 10%. We were devastated! He coded twice and was on life support we didn't know if he would come back to us or not and by the blessing of God he did. He than got the LVAD (left ventricular assist device) that helps pump the blood flow to his heart and was put on the heart transplant list. We just took it day by day and never knew what would come our way. He has always wanted to take me and our children to the beach since he has never been there and our children who are 4 and 6 also never been there. But when he got sick he is not able to work again at least not until he gets his new heart and then there after we really don't know if he will be able to, its just a hope and a pray, so we thought our chances to take a family vacation to the beach was gone. Until one day Unity a Journey of Hope came into our lives and changed it so much. They made that dream come true for us. They blessed us with a weeks vacation to Ocean City Maryland to have that vacation and that dream that we thought we would never be able to have. We are so thankful to Bobbi and John and every single person that helped make it a dream come true for us. The memories we made, the time we got to spend together and show our babies the beach and the ocean and do all the fun exciting things we were able to do was priceless. I can not thank them enough for what they have done for my family its something we thought we would not be able to do being my husband is sick but now we did and we have those memories forever that will last a lifetime!! My husband is also a big fan of Chuck Norris and when we met Bobbi and John they surprised my husband with an picture of Chuck Norris and he had wrote a note on there to my husband. When Will opened that and seen it he was so shocked and happy and never thought he would get something like that from one of his idols. My husband doesn't cry or tear up much but that day he did and to see that made me so emotional and happy for him.. Because of Unity A Journey of Hope this amazing blessing happened to my family and if it was not for them we may never got to experience and see everything we did and have the memories we now have! They touched our hearts and we are forever grateful for them!!! From The Robison's

2 Edie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank John and Bobbi for the compassion you have to go out of your way.To grant wishes to people. How awesome is that. My Husband Andy Kubiak had Gliobastoma brain cancer. And his wish was to see Jerome Bettis. And to be on his Show. You two made that wish come true. When we got the call that we were going to go watch the show Andy was very excited. When we arrived at the station John was there waiting for us. It was time to meet Jerome. the look on Andy's face was priceless. Andy got to spend sometime with Jerome he let him try the superbowl ring on . What a nice guy. After the show started Jerome spoke of Andy like a friend throughout the tapping. Then we got to go to Jerome's grill and we ate in his private room. The food was amazing. For one night through this terrible battle with cancer.we got to enjoy ourselves without thinking about it for one night. Cannot Thank you enough for everything. God bless.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!
(copy and paste link below, you will be impressed)
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/steelers-fan-terminal-brain-cancer-meets-his-idol-/nptZS/

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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