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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.

Terri21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Barbie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

John165

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

julie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Brigid D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Margaret W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 !!!

1 Tracey11

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Holly18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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unity239 09/26/2012

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 !

Cheryl50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Why would you take this great non-profit off your list? THAT is just wrong. These people work day in and day out to serve dying people. No it doesn't get lots of publicity. SO WHAT? Why is that a requirement to do good work? Every day they are on the phone looking to grant someone's wish. EVERY single day. Looking for people who can donate 10 minutes of their time to fulfill a wish of a lifetime . Looking for a sympathetic hotel chain or an airline or publicity dept. You should seriously rethink your protocols if that is what they are. Look at their web page, look at their Facebook page and see wishes granted and dare to say they are not among the most selfless giving people you can find. They are a great organization and deserve ANY support you can give them, whether it is looking for something a recipient needs, or arranging a trip or a visit with one of their heroes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are heroes. They grant wishes to dying adults to make a dream come true. They give of their time, their income, their respect, and their love. They NEVER say something can't be done, but who do we call, who do we know who cares, how can we help this person fulfill a dream? Its not easy asking companies to give a free room for the night, an airline free tickets, a star to do a meet and greet but again and again they get people to come thru because remind them of the truly important things in life: love - family - dignity - and how they would hope to be treated in similar circumstances. This past weekend they arranged for someone to meet Bruce Springsteen, they arranged a marriage and reception for a dying man and his girlfriend in I think 3 days. The list goes on and on. I wish I had some skill to offer them, but I don't, so I re-post their stuff everywhere I can because what they do is precious, a life-changing act of love. They make a difference in someone's life EVERY SINGLE DAY. We are blessed to have these people in this world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

UNITY'S passion has no boundaries in fulfilling a heart's desire.

Linda181

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I came into contact with the organization a couple of years ago. I find what they do so totally
inspiring and heart warming it's hard to say.People can make the choice to improve the world
and environment or just sit and watch. These people deseve recognition in the biggest way.

2 Lauren48

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Chrissy is in the process of having her wish to swim with the dolphins fulfilled. Chrissy was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in November & had a craniotomy in December. We are scheduled for our trip next month to Key Largo. John & Bobbi are wonderful to grant this wish for Chrissy! She is thrilled beyond words! I hope they will continue to be able to do their good work!

Ann_57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen so many postings re this wonderful organization and all the things that they
have done/are doing to help dying people receive their dying wish..John and Bobbi have done so much wit;h their organization and I am so proud of them...

Allison29

Donor

Rating: 5

I was approached at work by John and Bobbi several years ago. They were looking for a donation of internet service for a few months so a wish recipient could stay in contact with her family. I had just read an article in a local paper about their mission, so I was familiar with their organization. I was more than happy to help them, and approached my boss to see what we could provide. He was on board instantly, and we got everything set up to help for them. They were so appreciative of the help, and could not thank us enough. I have remained in contact with them over the years, and have donated what I can when I can as this is such a wonderful, caring and compassionate group! Im so fortunate to know them, and will continue to support them!

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
-Albert Schweitzer

Danielle28

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is what my sister would of said to her friend Bobi
thank you Bobi for helpin me when i could barley help myself
you came thru on everythign for me, Seein all my needs were meet
getting me stuff even my own Insurance wouldnt.
Even now althou i am gone,,your still in contact with my family
thank you Bobi i love you
Michelle

Now i say ,,,,
Thank you Bobi for everything you have done for my family
you are an angel
i dont know how you find the time for just yourself
Im glad your there to help people
im glad that your my friend.
so proud fo you
nel

Bunnie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watch over the past few years as these loving, caring people give 150% of themselves to grant wishes for people who may not (and have not) live long enough to see them come true. The people who volunteer for, work with, and are Unity Staff members are an amazing bunch of people who Bless so many others and work harder than anyone knows to make dreams come true! They ARE changing the world......... One dream at a time!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

i have been lucky enough to volunteer on a couple of wishes and to also do an "operation Christmas" wish. it is very heartwarming to see the looks on the faces of the wish recipients faces to know how much what you do means to them.

Unity also made it possible for me to see my cousin Leslie and her family who we had not seen in years when they granted her wish to meet the members of Paranormal State.

Cindy73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will never forget having the opertunity of being able to work with UNITY. To see just how much they REALLY care about the ones they strugle and fight so hard for every day . The look in their eyes when they tell you their stories of the people they have helped or are helping. And now its not just the people , but UNITY has also been doing what they can to help our 4 footed friends also . It is my opnion that *UNITY ROCKS*

Eric A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Who say's angels on Earth aren't real? These folks are the real deal. I've never met a group more dedicated to helping others in need without asking for anything in return. They are so selfless and caring. It is not only to know them, but to support them and call them my friends! Way to go Unity! Keep up the great job that you do!

Joshua R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are proud to have a great organization like this in Pennsylvania. Our organization (Walk On Foundation Inc) is so proud of each of these organization that take time out of their day to assist others. May God Bless each of you greatly!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot describe what Journey has done for my family and I, in particular my father Joe Augustine, Sr. My father who lost both legs to a hospital error eight years ago had recently been experiencing issues with his legs when I contacted Journey, as he was becoming depressed. Once I contacted Bobbi and John about his situation they ran with my dad's request of visiting the Airforce Museum in Dayton, OH. I even offered my assistance in helping with arrangements, but they thanked me said leave everything to them. Once at the museum, my father was greeted by the staff and even had a reserved spot for him museum. First time I seen my dad cry in about 20 years. I could go about this organization, but they would just words. I say for those in need in Southwestern, Pa., contact them yourself and find out how gracious this organization truly is.

Gerald4

Donor

Rating: 5

wonderful organization great people we had an oppurtunity to be a part of a benefit for entertainment what a wonderful loving caring unselfish Im not much for writing and speaking but if you have an oppurtunity to be a part of this great cause please do so you will feel honored like we did to be a part keep up the great work UNITY were here if you ever need us again Gerald from The Stonehorse Band

journeyspaws

Volunteer

Rating: 5

https://www.facebook.com/JourneysPaws?ref=hl



Im a golden doodle my name is Journey, I came from lawpdoodle kennel, im 8 mo old 80 lbs ,im unitys mascott I am Loving others, putting smiles on others faces, and bringing hope!


Biography
Journey is a Goldendoodle donated by Tina and Rich Law, owners of Lawpdoodle Kennel in Lost Creek, West Virgina to Unity a Journey of Hope. We cannot thank them for this precious gift that will keep on giving as a therapy dog for the elderly and those with terminal and/or life-limiting illnesses. Please follow Journey as his paws touch the lives bringing joy and hope to so many others! Today i helped Mom & Dad grant a wish to a man, mom said he has liver cancer. He was not feeling well I could tell, but when he saw me he did smile...so I made him feel better for a minute...I guess thats what I can do to make a difference!
Then this nice lady took me and mom around the nursing home to every room and let the peole touch me and pet...I loved it cause they all smiled at me. I heard one lady say "is that a pony?" This is dad, and of course lil ol me...WOOOF thanks mom i feel good about myself helpin out and makin him and all the residents smile ,i sure cant wait till i graduate , i go to school at mike garrows hes a police man ,and i hang out at joys doggy bed and biscuit in uniontown and my nanny thats vicky :) oh my hair the knotty dog takes care of that, and i love my doctor tummons my favorite treats are pigs ears and cones from micky ds

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a Non Profit org. That truly rocks . As a Bret Michaels Tribute artist i had the pleasure of meeting and working with Unity. And they are Awesome to say the least. Please keep strong and keep the Faith and May God Bless You All. Call me if u ever need anything i would love to help out again. 3307081918.Love Gary Barker Something to Believe In. A tribute to Rock Great Bret Michaels

Rhonda10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two months ago, the telephone call was made in the hopes of granting a wish for Pam Cook to meet Bruce Springsteen. Who would think anyone could make that wish come true? I mean.. we ARE talking about "The Boss"! But Unity, A Journey of Hope made it happen! With smiles large enough to light the City of Pittsburgh, we celebrated! It was an incredible evening. We thank you for your dedication to Unity while balancing work and family. This one wish granted is just one of many for you but one we won't ever forget.

Crystal A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Unity, A Journey of Hope about 4 years ago. When I put the first photo montage video together and asked Bobbi and John (the Co-founders) about each photo, they were both able to tell me the full names, what their diagnostic were, and stories about the wishes. That is one of the first times I realized how much dedication they have in making wishes come true for other people. It is not just them though, Bobbi and John have an incredible group called the "Wish Warriors" standing behind them at all times ready to make dreams come true. I have never experienced so much selflessness before and I am incredibly honored to be a part of this charity.

1 Terry K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 96-year-old father is in hospice near Pittsburgh and I live over three hours away. Without Unity a Journey of Hope both of our lives would be considerably more difficult. Unity has provided my dad with an electric recliner that allows him to sleep comfortably at night since he cannot sleep lying down. I get frequent email or Facebook updates from John and Bobbi Robinson about my dad's condition and what any immediate or future needs might be. When it was time to close up my dad's apartment Unity "swept in" and took over! We had the place cleaned out and cleaned up before I knew it. Working with them on a project is like being at the center of a hurricane! They are amazing folks and I have come to value their worth to the community as much as I have come to call John and Bobbie my brother and sister. Dr. Terry Drew Karanen, Carlisle, PA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unity a Journey Of Hope is a wonderful organization. They have granted an enermous amount of wishes to those in need and have touched so many hearts with everything they do. Bobbi and John (and the rest of the volunteers) go above and beyond to ensure that they are able to grant as mnay wishes as possible.

5 Jena M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In life things happen that you, no matter how many years pass, know you will always remember. You will remember the feeling you had when it happend, whether it be good or bad. For me one of those moments occured on October 27, 2012 when Unity, A Journey of Hope granted a wish for my mother to meet Bruce Springsteen. The feeling I had when he was walking down the hallway to greet my mom was pure excitment. The moment where I looked at her and saw the happiness and joy that came over her, there are no words for. She stood there smiling from ear to ear not a worry or care in the world, just in pure awe of who stood before her. That moment I will cherish for the rest of my life and I have this organization to thank for that. This past year has been a struggle and this organization has uplifted our spirits more than you will ever know. A simple thank you will never be enough for what they did for us. It was more than granting a wish, they showed us that dreams really do come true. For that, this organization will forever be in our hearts! You have made a lasting impression on all our lives and made a year of saddness turn to pure happiness in the matter of one night. May God Bless you all and may you grant many more wishes in the future

Kari9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unity A Journey Of Hope is an amazing organization! What they do for people is close to unheard of now days! John and Bobbi are remarkable people with great volunteers! They go above and beyond to grant wishes for people who are at the end or close too the end of their journey. Again, absolutely amazing!!!!

Gerald G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Unity, A Journey of Hope is one of those rare groups that truely puts it's heart into every aspect of their mission. I have been fortunate enough to know the founders and a few of the staff for several years now and it is inspiring to say the least to see the life changing acts they always seem to fullfill. The ability to grant wishes using a small pool of funds and volunteers is an absolute standout in this organization. That is one of the reasons why the organization I belong to has held fundraisers for this deserving charity for several years now. One look at the list of their accomplishments and anyone can see the dedication of Unity to aiding those in need. What strikes me the most is the personal sacifices that I see constantly occuring within this group. To put others well-being ahead of one's self is a very rare quality these days and it is one of the main reasons that I felt obligated to write this review. If you have any interaction with this organization, it will be quite easy to see why they deserve the praise that is given to them.

Jeanne S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to give a huge shout out to Unity A Journey of Hope for working so hard to make my sister Pam Cook dream come true!! This is a wonderful group of people who spread such joy and cheer!! Thanks for all your hard work. Pam is still smiling. She was so surprised to meet her guy --- Bruce Springsteen. And also a huge Thank you to Bruce and all his "people" that made this happen. I am in awe...........

Becky22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity,A Journey OF Hope is like a "make a wish" for adults.Being just a small charity, they have worked on some big wishes for people, and you can tell they get as much satisfaction from seeing the smile on the faces of the recipients, as the recipient themself does. Everyone should support them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unity of Hope is amazing!! They granted my friend a very difficult wish and everything was more than perfect. They are generous, kind, and very compassionate! Our wish took alot of hard work, maybe even a miracle to pull it all together, and yet they never gave up on bringing this life changing experience to someone they did not even know. Unity of Hope is a huge blessing; our lives are changed forever and it is because of you!! Besides my son's wedding, I think it was one of the best experiences of my life - so it was very very special. Like Bruce Springsteen said "We are counting on a miracle!"; you are part of that miracle. Thanks for everything.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud that my organization works closely with Unity, and that we get to see the impact that our donations make on helping others.

1 Puddintane

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met these folks through my best friend Michelle Emerick Murphy when she was in her last days of cancer. She invited me on a trip that Journey had for her last wish. It was a ghost hunt and adventure with some great paranormal folks @ the Stone House. It was great, Michelle was treated like a Queen. We have been friends for over 30 years and I lost her last year to that cancer. I'll never forget the joy she got from the things Journey did for her, including portable oxygen tank that ins. wouldn't provide and motorized chair. We miss her so much. I still try to help this group when I can with donations for raffles and selling tickets and such. Please do the same. Thank you, Annette Jane James

1 Christopher22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

John and Bobbie Robinson of Unity: A journey of Hope are kind and very generous people that help make a difference in the lives of the sick and the suffering. Sometimes all it takes is a little kindness to have a big impact, but Unity doesn't do anything on a small scale. I was really touched when I saw them grant the wish of a wedding to a very ill man and his beloved bride. And that's only one example of all the great work that they do. These are selfless individuals who truly care and the people they help are blessed to have them. They make me want to be a better person too.

Mike57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unity a Journey of Hope is about as genuine and personal as anyone could find. John and Bobbi work tirelessly to help adults with life-limiting illnesses live out their wishes - whether it be something as simple as a day at the spa, to meeting a celebrity or athlete, to a vacation, they spare no effort to make sure it happens. They also draw support from the community like nothing I've seen for a humble non-profit, with fundraisers like Rock-A-Wish, as well as their community outreach through local radio and social media. They do not lack for heart or willpower, and I feel it's our obligation to help them to help others.

Robin49

Donor

Rating: 5

I think this is a fabulous non-profit organization!! My family has sent donations to help both them and their ambassador, Journey, for his schooling to become a therapy dog. They do their best to make wishes come true for adults that have a life-limiting illness. They put their heart and soul into making these wishes come together and go to awesome lengths using their time and resources. I would absolutely recommend this group to anyone!!

Kasi S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are no words good enough to explain what unity does for the people whom they take under their wings and give a little bit of hope and happiness to during their difficult time on life. Bobbi and Jon do this completely out of the goodness of their heart not expecting anything from noone. I've seen time and time they spend endless sleepless nights working out plans for wishes and usually the wishes they receive are wimmneeded to be granted within a short period of time due to the illness and life expectantacy of the person with the wish. I've seen them throw weedings together in a few days. Not only do they grant these wishes they work full time jobs, have a home to operate, have journey ( service dog) they are in the process of trainging and preparing for his future duties, they fundraiser, also they've rescued dogs from the shelter nursed them back to health and got them adopted to a new loving forever home. This organization has touched several hearts and have several more I'm sure they'll touch in the future. The world needs more people with hearts as BIG as theirs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great Organization! They really care about the people they grant wishes for. They go above and beyond to help make sure that the people they grant wishes for, and their families are provided with many great smiles and memories that will last forever. John, Bobbi, and all the people who volunteer with Unity A Journey of Hope work very hard, and every penny that comes into the organization goes towards doing good for someone else with a life limiting illness.

4 Brian J. Cano

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Unity A Journey of Hope is one of those organizations that seems to be rarer and rarer these days. Upon first encountering them, I thought, "Okay, another charity, what is their angle?" and I expected it to be another high-administrative, constant donation, little turn-out thing but I was wrong. Having given to many charities over the years I've become disillusioned with the way most of them are run. You give and you give and it seems that so much of what you give is spent on things that don't matter and never gets to their intended recipient. Not so with Unity A Journey of Hope. The founders give 200% of their time to fulfilling the last wishes of terminal patients. There is no age limit and no boundary to the request. I have personally seen them work tirelessly to organize events and get the wishes of real people granted. Having helped them out on a few occasions I can say that I see the gratitude in the eyes and smiles of those they help and their families. They give with no thought to reward and it's that personal touch and their tireless determination that sets them apart from the rest.

Karen92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Honestly, I had never heard of this organization until I attended one of their fundraising events in 2009. The founders gave a presentation about Unity a Journey of Hope and showed a video of some wishes that were granted. All of the wishes were heartwarming, but contained in the video was the story an elderly gentleman who had been stricken with a disease and didn't have much time left in this world- all he wished for was to have a garden again- a vegetable garden that he could no longer independently create. The Unity volunteers made this wish come true for him by planting the garden he desired. A simple wish by any means, but it meant the world to that gentleman. As I watched this through my tears, it instilled new awareness in me that there truly are people out there who care; there truly are people who want to make a difference. I also realized, what the heck was I doing by not being a part of this. So, I became a volunteer; me,- the type of person who always said 'I don't have time for that, I have too many other responsibilities', me- a person who had been through an illness and still had bitterness locked inside because of it, because of the experience of it, because no matter who was beside you during that time, you tend to feel alone/ like the battle is yours alone,- well somehow, that didn't matter anymore. I wanted to be a part of making a difference in someone's life. The founders of Unity , John and Bobbi are what I consider to be angels residing on earth for the purpose of making a difference/ of giving hope. Unity has since granted many more wishes, they work tirelessly to make a difference! Even when they are faced with a seemingly impossible request- they make it happen! It is a struggle without a big corporate sponsor/ without funds, but they somehow always make the wish a reality. The smile on the wish recipient's face says it all ! Unity a Journey of Hope has granted many wishes to adults with a life limiting illness and opened quite a few hearts to the realization that good does exist in the world !

Kathleen24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity a Journey of Hope granted a wish to my younger brother that passed away in 2010 from cancer. His wish was to meet a Pittsburgh Penguins which he got to meet Chris Kunitz! That was a memory that my family and I will never forget to see the smile on my brothers face was priceless!! So I'm so grateful for what Unity does they do give you an extra piece of hope!! So now we are volunteers of Unity to give back what they gave to my brother!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I take much pride in being a Unity volunteer. John Robinson, co-founder of Unity a Journey of Hope was my Dad's hospice nurse as he courageously fought cancer. John treated my Dad with amazing compassion and respect and was an amazing support for my family and I. This is how I first became familiar with Unity a Journey of Hope. I decided to volunteer for Unity several months following my Dad's passing, and I will be forever grateful that I did so. Unity touches the lives of so many adults with life-limiting illness by granting there wishes and giving them hope when sometimes it seems as there isn't any. I have been involved in wishes as simple as a 102-year-old woman riding a motorcycle one last time to a precious woman bringing her family together for a family reunion and meeting baseball legend and former Pittsburgh Pirate Kent Tekulve. There are many organizations out there for children, and I am thankful there is and support those organizations; however, I have never heard of an organization that focuses on adults. After having my father pass away while battling cancer, I know the importance of giving hope, even when it seems there is none. As long as we are here, we have life, and there is hope. Unity gives those who have given up hope and special memories with their loved ones, and it is for this reason I will forever support and be proud to be a volunteer for Unity a Journey of Hope, changing lives one wish at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met John and Bobbi Robinson and learned of the non-profit, Unity, A Journey of Hope, which they co-founded, in the summer of 2008. I atended my first benefit, Rock-a-Wish in August of that summer. When I learned more about the work Unity does in granting wishes to adults with life-limiting illnesses and saw the support that John and Bobbi had from their friends and community, I volunteered to assist them in any way that I could. In December of 2008, John and Bobbi braved the cold and stood outside of the local radio station, accepting donations of food, money, and/or clothing in order to see that some less fortunate families were able to celebrate Christmas. I, personally, made a monetary and food donation and spent one evening standing outside with the two of them accepting donations. Unity did this over several occasions that December, with John playing Santa Claus. I observed several families coming to make donations and enjoyed seeing the joy the children showed when they got to sit on Santa's lap. That same Christmas, Unity asked me to do some shopping for one of these families. Being that I have no children of my own, I thoroughly enjoyed buying clothes and toys for a local needy family. When I, along with Unity volunteers, delivered the goods to the said family, it was very heart-warming to see what this meant to the recipients. The parents could not thank us enough and said that if it had not been for Unity, their children would not have had a Christmas. I have always been fortunate to have everything that I need, so seeing this family's gratitude meant more to me than any material gift I received that, or any other, Christmas. That same holiday season, I also accompanied Unity volunteers to deliver Christmas presents to a family about an hour away. The vehicle was completely filled with toys, clothing...even bicycles for the children. Unity also gave the parents gift cards, so that they could purchase whatever else they might have needed in order to have a nice Christmas. I decided right then that I wanted to do this with them every year. Since then I have been fortunate to have been able to participate in many fund-raising events and more wishes, including a whirlwind trip to Tennessee to help a 38 year old with cancer receive her wish of a wedding. I have been honored to meet many people whose lives have been positively affected by Unity, including the family I delivered presents to in 2008, Karen, who they built a barn for, Don, who needed and received a heart and needed help with his family at Christmas, and Michelle, who had a wish granted to meet paranormal investigators. I have also seen many other wishes documented through pictures and video. Seeing the joy and

gratitude from the many wish recipients is very heart-warming and makes me proud to be a small part of such a wonderful organization. No matter how small or how large a wish, John and Bobbi and the Unity "Wish Warriors" will work diligently to try to make it happen. I am very proud to be involved with Unity, A Journey of Hope and will continue to support the organization and help in any way I can.



Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen many wishes granted by Unity and the experience of witnessing someone receiving their last wish is in itself the most amazing yet bittersweet feeling! Unity is with out a doubt the most giving charity I've ever seen. They work non-stop to make every wish go above and beyond the receivers expectations! It's a truly amazing organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member with Unity, A Journey of Hope. I first came to find out about Unity when a friend's band was asked to help out with a fundraiser charity event for Unity. We attended the event, which was an all day music festival. The organization was very well put on and professional. I got to know the co-founders of the charity and became more interested in what they do for people, because I also work with Seniors in my day to day work. I started to volunteer with Unity, helping out as I could on wishes to be granted and I was hooked after going on my first "wish" as a volunteer. The smile that was brought to the face of a person with terminal cancer when they met their life long hero was just amazing. No words could describe the look in the eyes of the wish recipient as his life long dream was fulfilled by Unity. From that point on, I was hooked and also humbled that I was a part of this. Making a bright spot in the day of someone who is otherwise has nothing to look forward to except for misery, pain and eventual death. I became more active within the organization, helping as much as I could and decided to become a board member. The co-founders are simply amazing and selfless, giving all they have to keep Unity the upstanding organization that it is. We are now working from being a regional organization to becoming a national one. The volunteers and all involved with Unity are simply awesome, giving all of themselves and taking nothing in return. I am so proud to be working with this organization, as I have seen what joy it brings to an adult with failing health.

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