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Unity a Journey of Hope

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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

148 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are extremely pleased to have been associated with Unity for over 2 years now. They are a small but highly dedicated group of folks who simply want to make a difference in people's lives. They don't have million dollar marketing and ad budgets or hundreds of employees. What they do have, and share, is their love for those adults who need some help with last wishes and finding peace.
Bob and Danielle Reuther, The Owls Nest.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When friends of ours needed to repair their first-ever home, I contacted Unity a Journey of Hope because they had done so many other good deeds in the past. Our friend is a US Marine and is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. In spite of that diagnosis, he has volunteered for many nonprofits, does errands for shut-ins, and cheers others up with his great attitude toward life. Unity worked their magic once more and collaborated with another great group to finish bathroom walls and flooring, things that were necessary before the couple could move in. The fact that Unity has this determination to help others has made them many grateful friends and recipients.

Margel G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization
100% of donations are given to recipients

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that allows terminally ill patients the opportunity to fulfill a bucket list dream. I would definately recommend this organization!

Amylynn S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

November 30-dec 4 they granted me and my daughter the most amazing gift! I was diagnosed with Multiple myeloma cancer and it was so overwhelming.... The gift in the log cabin in the mountain left us with so many amazing memories. We were able to not think of cancer during these days and just have a good time. We bonded even more during this time,me and my daughter. The log cabin was BEAUTIFUL AND SO PEACEFUL. Unity paid for our activities and even dinner!!!! We went on a off road jeep tour and had THE MOST AMAZING SPA DAY EVER!!!! I WILL NEVER EVER EVER FORGET WHAT UNITY DID FOR US!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! At times I still think of this wonderful vacation they gifted us!! Thank you so much for all that you did and I will never ever EVER FORGET YOU GUYS!! Bobbi and John are AMAZING living kind spirited people and are now like family!!! Thank you so much for the GIFT!!

Bernie D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Unity for a few years in the past, but we drifted away as the rest of life has us so distracted all the time.

Just recently, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and John (one of the 2 founders) ended up being her hospice nurse !! (Ive always been friends with John and Bobbi and having him as my mom's hospice nurse was more than I could have hoped for).

My mom and I didnt ask for a wish, but John knew her time was short and Christmas was soon (although she wouldnt be making it that far). in our conversations, I asked John about having Thanksgiving and Christmas early for her and he said it was a great idea. But my mother didnt have enough money to buy gifts for any of us and she enjoyed seeing us open our gifts at Christmas so much, that we hated that she would have missed it. Then, without us even asking he asked me for a list of gifts we would like to exchange and next thing we knew, his wife Bobbi and him were telling us that they had gotten the gifts that my mom would be giving us !! He also said that we should be doing it very soon as her time was short.

We had the Christmas right at her hospital bed with our entire family and she was both surprised and overjoyed at the prospect that we had done this for her and that my friend John had done this for her and our family.

The next few days were a joy for her and I saw her smile for the first time in literally years. she passed a few days later, but I think John and Bobbi made the last few days of her life a joy. She died in her bed peacefully and we are so grateful to Unity for their generosity and their pro-active approach to this last wish of my mom's that she didnt think would have even happened.

If you dont pay any attention to charity or if you're maybe a bit jaded by seeing soooo many charities all asking for money, I say this: Unity: a journey of hope is no regular charity. In fact I consider them a god-send to people. They work so hard on this for no pay at all and I personally feel that even if you never donate to any charity, I ask that you consider, even a small gift to these wonderful, caring and compassionate people. The money will not be wasted or go to line some executive's pockets. This money goes to a charity among charities. They are the finest example of what I believe people should be and if you only give 1.00 this year to any charity, give it to Unity - Please.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Unity- a Journey of Hope for a few years now when time permits me to and not only do they help terminally ill people fulfill their last wish, but these are also on the other hand, really GOOD people.

They have spent countless hours and sometimes cash from their own pockets not only fulfilling wishes (Bucket-list type things that are sometimes very involved or expensive), but while all this work is going on, they then have to go out and raise the money to continue the work they are doing, so they are probably the hardest-working group of people I have ever met.

It seems they have been passed-up on the charity gravy-train that the larger charities enjoy because they would rather spend their time doing their work than pandering to the money-bags that hand out the money or "prizes" to charities, They have done countless things to help terminally ill people and the only thanks they get is to have to do more fund-raising to keep it afloat. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST INJUSTICES I HAVE EVER SEEN AND UNITY IS DESERVING OF NOT ONLY GROWTH BUT ADMIRATION FOR THEIR WORK.

Kulenic196

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Unity, A Journey Of Hope. This small organization has changed many lives ofthe people with life limiting illnesses. They may be small but they are mighty! From the moment I became a volunteer, they have treated me like family, we are always looking for volunteers. Can't wait to see what big things Unity does in 2019.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An excellent nonprofit that grants wishes for people with life limiting illnesses. They accomplish this with few volunteers and funds.

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Brudnak03

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that does amazing work. There are many large organizations out there that get funding easily, but these people really work hard to grant the wishes they do. These are the little guys with big hearts and they never stop trying to grant wishes, regardless of how hard it is for the underdogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

terilinn

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom was granted her wish to put her toes in the sand one last time. Bobbie and John Robinson was able to fulfill her last wishes by taking her to Atlantic City. She took pictures with the surfer guys, they rented an oversize wheelchair for the beach, and gave her forever lasting memories she was able to take to heaven. I cannot say enough and can never thank them enough for what they did for her. John and Bobbie do this out of the kindness of the heart, they are forever my moms angels and mine.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

LauraLee M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Mom, Debi, was diagnoised with Stage 4 Small Cell Carcinoma and was given 1 month to live when she was released from the hospital. She came home and was put into Hospice Care. Her main nurse was John Robinson. A very sweet, caring, witty man with a huge smile and bubbly personality. He knew exactly how to handle my mother. LOL! He was very compassionate with the family and helped us understand the entire process. He also, happened to be one of the founders of a nonprofit organization, Unity A Journey for Hope. He and his wife started the organization to grant individuals facing life ending illnesses a last wish. He asked my Mom if he could grant her a wish. She was so honored to be given such a gift. I have no words to describe how elated I was to hear that the impossible was going to be possible. He truly wanted to see my mom happy. To see her enjoy the last weeks of her life. He arranged for everything that my sister and I needed to take my mom to New Jersey for a week. My mom got to enjoy playing with my kids and my husband made all of her favorite meals. After a couple days, Leslie, Mom and I set off for a girls trip to Atlantic City. We stayed in an amazing condo that overlooked the water. Mom loved that she could see a lighthouse out of her bedroom window. We rode the tram up and down the Boardwalk just looking at the sites, collected sand and ocean water in bottles so she could take home. We did a lot of people watching and even had drinks on the beach. It was an amazing time. Unfortunately, we had to cut the trip short by 2 days because Mom wasn’t feeling so great and I wanted to get in back home to be in the care of her Hospice nurses. My Mom passed less than a week later, on August 9th. Exactly one month from her leaving the hospital, as the doctor predicted.
Because of John and his organization, my family was able to create the best last memories with my Mom. I am forever grateful. I know God put John into my mom and I's life..... I will be eternally grateful.

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Pamela36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer for Unity A Journey Of Hope. Its been a rewarding experience. I've met and worked with so many wonderful people. I've had the pleasure of meeting wish recipients and seeing first hand the lives they change. They really do change lives one wish at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in a recent fundraiser for Unity. I was so impressed by all the help from all volunteers in attendance. Unity gives so much of themselves so they can give to others. When they say " Changing Lives One Wish at a Time" , they really mean it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They grant wishes to terminally ill adults.. They are so loving and caring. Wish there were more like them. God bless you all.

1 Jena B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization granted my mother a wish to meet Bruce Springsteen back in 2012. We still talk about that moment years later. What this organization was able to do for not only my mother but my family is something I can't thank them enough for. If you are looking for an organization to support,I can assure you there is no other organization more deserving. These people are angels on earth. What they do every day for people they have never met is incredible. I hope this organization is able to grant wishes and changes lives for years to come. They will always have my families support.

Dianna R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my Mom passed away about 5 years ago I saw a post Facebook. The post was about a wish this group was trying to grant for a man that was dying from cancer. I contacted Bobbi and told her i would like to donate money for the wish. She asked me to come help with the wish so i could see what they are all about, and why they do what they do. Not only did Unity change that man's life, but that day it changed mine. I've learned to appreciate and enjoy the time that we are given on this earth, and to appreciate those we love. Bobbi and John have become like family to me and treat their volintegers as part of their family. I am proud to be a part of this organization and the work they do. The smiles on the faces of the wish recipients is priceless. Unity helps them forget about tgeir disease, if only for a day. They truly do change lives one wish at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Small town people with big city dreams! Unity is filled with so many people who have compassion, and love to help others. John and Bobbie couldn't have been more perfect for the job they do! ❤️

Michelle H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cant say enough about Unity a Journey of Hope. They are amazing and work so hard to make a persons wish happen. In 2010 they granted my daughter ashley her wish of seeing Josh Turner. My daughter has a chromosomal and heart issues. We will never forget what they did for us. John and Bobbi work so very hard to help others. Thank you for all you do.

Dayna Fallet Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2013. I have had the privilege to attend and help with a number of wishes over the past 4 years and to see the smiles on the faces of our clients is so amazing. It's nice to know we can help them forget about being sick if only for a moment. Please consider donating to this awesome organization if you can't monetarily then volunteer! It all helps bring more wishes to more people in need.

1 Linda362

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity a journey of hope is exactly that!!! Bobbi and John Robinson are fantastic people doing wonderful things for those who are overlooked by most other nonprofits.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity a journey of hope is a wonderful non profit!!! Bobbi and John Robinson are very compassionate and caring people!!! Changing lives one wish at a time

1 Jeannine Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization not only granted us a wish, they gave us back a semblance of normal. Gave us a week of laughter, love and family time and made us forget all things cancer for a time. They also personally called me and built me up when I needed it most. I will never forget you or what you did for my family, especially the smiles you put on my girls faces that cancer had erased for so long. If you are looking to make a difference donate to Unity. Every penny will go right where you intend it ,not in the organizations pocket. I can never thank you enough !

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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 !

2 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!! ❤️

1 Brenda115

Donor

Rating: 5

Unity of hope is an amazing organization, my sister Tammy has stage 4 small cell carsonomia for the past 2 years she has been in the battle of her life she has had all the treatment she can get and her cancer is still spreading through her chest and twice to her brain she has had 2 tumors removed from her brain she is truly the strongest person I know and amazing fighter, unity ask her what her one wish was an she said to meet rascal flatts in person and they made her wish come true. Not only did they do this amazing thing for my sister and made her wish come true but they also made her family's wish come true as well by seeing her smile and be happy that whole day was so priceless an amazing I will never be able to thank unity of hope enough for doing this amazing meet an greet with my sister favorite country singers.. and I wanna thank you rascal flatts for giving my sister and awesome experience and keeping her in your prayers!! The Groves family is so thankful for everything !! Bobbi and john robinson you truly are amazing we love you both !!♡♡