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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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Nonprofit Overview

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

1

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 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!

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar