Unity A Journey Of Hope

Rating: 4.97 stars   116 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  

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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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

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Very Well

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2008

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Unity is a wonderful Charity. My mom was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer in July of 2012. She has always been a HUGE fan of the Steelers and in particular Hines Ward. She reached out to Unity when Hines was about to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dapper Dan Awards Ceremony in February of 2013. Unity provided her with this extravagant experience. According to her doctors, she shouldn't have been with us to even attend the event and we did lose her a few months later. But for this one night, She was carefree and didn't have to worry about her battle with cancer. She got to get all dressed up and have her moment on the red carpet. It was truly an awesome night for the both of us and one that I will never forget- to see her smile the way she did that night was priceless and Unity did that for her! Thank you again- Tera Abriatis- daughter of Tracey Cochran

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2015

 
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This organization, Unity, A Journey of Hope, really is fantastic. My mom, who is an unbelievable Steelers fan, wanted nothing more than to see Hines Ward receive his Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement award. The cost of tickets was too much as she was in the middle of her battle with cancer. Here came Unity, they not only got her tickets but allowed for my brother and me to share this with her. It was an unforgettable experience for her and us as a family. We lost her in that same year but we will always have that night thanks to Unity!

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

A lot

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2014

 
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Unity a Journey of Hope is just wonderful. I had two great wishes, one with Nemacolin Resort for a great dinner and with Beauty Connections Spa for a spa day. Unity a Journey of Hope does so much to help me and so many others that are sick and make our wishes come true. Thank you Bobbi and John and all the others that donate their time to help us.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Thank you so much Unity A Journey of Hope. You had made David Yerkey's day a dream of relaxation and to forget about the cancer for a little time while he was away. We appreciate all you have done for this to come true. He did not want to come back and deal with his illness, he would have rather stay there.
Everyone was so sweet, compassionate to us. The OVR was so sweet way to go Jordan. Our dinner at Stone House was wonderful and delicious. If you go up that way I recommend you eat there. Site seeing of the Ohio Pyle even though they are under construction, we had a blast. Also, a BIG THANK YOU AND ALL YOUR HARD WORK JOHN AND BOBBI ROBINSON. We just can't get over what a great time we had of peace and quiet and time together and with our two dogs.

 
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Thanks to Unity A Journey of Hope; my guy Tom got to make a very important memory with his son Phillip last night. I reached out to Unity a while back and explained that Tom who is fighting pancreatic cancer wanted very much to take his 21 year old son to see a Brooklyn Nets Basketball Game for his birthday and his own; both are days apart. Well, let me tell you. The Robinsons Organization made it happen...and then some. Tommy said that thanks to there kindness he feels a great sense of peace and will never forget the memory of this night with his boy. John and Bobbi Robinson are incredible people. They are humble and diligent and they actually share the joy in all the wishes they grant. I am going to pay it forward and make myself available to Unity in any way that I can.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I called Unity looking for someone to grant a wish in California for a 23 year old young man with Testicular cancer. Bobbi answered the phone in the middle of the night, bright and cheerful, answered my question and was game for trying to help. She and John followed up on the necessary paperwork, and Greg and his girlfriend Michaela enjoyed a nice evening together with excellent tickets to a Michael Buble concert complete with soundcheck passes. It was a nice evening before his last surgery the following week.

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

hope they get more money to help more people outside their area.

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

Some

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2013

 
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My 33 yr. old daughter, Deborah, had a wish that the family go to the ocean as a group. She did not get to see this as she went home to be with the Lord on June 24, 2013. Hearing that another daughter, Penny, also had cancer, Unity stepped up and fulfilled Deborah's wish though her. Eighteen of us got to go to Bethany Beach in Delaware, write Deborah's name in the sand with a heart and fulfill her wish. They provided us with lodging, gas, and some food. All because they care. It did not profit them, it profited us!
Thank you Unity!! We will forever be grateful!

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

wish that more people could help them.

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2013

 
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unity a journey of hope it is !!!! I could never thank you enough !!! I was givin 1 yr to live all I wanted to do is see my sister . I thought , I would never see her again . then I got a surprise, unity gave me my sister!!! I was estatic , they paid for her car rental and gas to come see me . it made my impending death easier to deal with . igot to see my lil sister thank you Bobbie and John !!!! what u gave me was hope . there is no a amount of money that can buy what u gave me . I love you guys !!!!and that book john wrote , is so helpful in dealing with emotions on your journey home or a loved ones journey . you see my husband is also dying, he is a handicapped vetran . he was happy too.they help so many . in so many different ways . our lives have been happier because of their ways .

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

I would give them everything , id see to it that they had all the money that they needed to give others hope tooo.

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2013

 
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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

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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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