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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

58 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.

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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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! ❤️

Kulenic196

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Unity A Journey Of Hope for a while and all the care and countless hours all the volunteers put in for wishes and events never goes unnoticed. There are always thank yous at the end of the wish or event. It's amazing that this organization started with only 2 people and they got the job done. It's an amazing feeling knowing that I am a part of an organization that truely care about other people.

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 Laura295

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity may be changing lives one wish at a time but they have changed my life more than you can imagine by letting me volunteer to help make these wishes come true. These people have the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever known!

2 john robinson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was a review sent to me John Robinson from a medical Social worker about a patient she has and UNITY granted a wish for....

I am a pediatric oncology social worker. One of my "kids" had recently relapsed at the age of 19. Most wish foundations allow wishes up to the age of 18. My young adult was understandably upset by the news, She is a sophomore in college and was unable to return to school. She had committed to 18 months of missionary work and, due to the relapse, was unable to meet her commitment. Her world, along with the family's world, had crashed around them. This news put me on a mission to find an organization who could grant her the wish of an iPad mini. She said it would allow her to keep in touch with her friends at school, read books on line and communicate with her family, during times when she could not leave her home.

When I read about "Unity A Journey of Hope", I immediately sent in a referral. John Robinson contacted me through email, requesting more information. John was very clear with stating the foundation could not guarantee to grant the wish but he would do his best. Several weeks later I received the email stating the wish had been granted. I am not sure who was more excited, John or me. I promised not to tell the family so it would be a surprise.

The next time I saw my family, the recipient was just smiling from ear to ear; something I had not seen since she began treatment. Mom was just as excited.

I would like to thank your wonderful foundation for being so generous, not only to my family, but to all the families you touch. I wish there were words to describe how much our families appreciate the gifts but, the wonderful by-product of it all, is the parents finally seeing their child smile again. It is just priceless.

Wishing all the best to everyone involved with "Unity A Journey of Hope".



Have a great day!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am John the Co-Founder of UNITY. Recently we have been seeking grants and support. A lot of corporation want to see outcomes and goals that produce something material or tangible that you can see, feel, smell, touch. With Unity we may not be able too fill those shoes but, when a wish recipient says to me, " I forgot I had cancer today" or " I did not think I would see my husband ever smile again" or after Unity granted a wish to a 94 year old lady she said to me, " I have been on hospice waiting to die, but because of the wish I can't wait to live!" UNITY A JOURNEY OF HOPE, "Changing lives 1 wish at a time..." This is what UNITY is about and IF you want to make a difference come join our PASSION!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group of human beings making then impossible, possible! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication that you do every day and the countless hours that go unseen!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These folks have super hearts and do amazing work!

Cheryl40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just have to say that John and Bobbi Robinson are the best, the most caring people that care for others and that loves to do for others. I have had the honor of working with them some, I have seen the ins and out of this organization and I have to say that they are the best, they are truly legit and I am honored to be a part of Unity a Journey of Hope.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Bobbi and John where I worked, and we got to talking about what they do and about a wish that they were working on and they said that they are always looking for volunteers, so I thought right then and there that this is something that I would love to do. So I now volunteer with Unity, and I couldn't feel any prouder of what Unity does and the feeling that you get from knowing that you had a part in helping with a wish, no matter how small your help is in granting a wish, John and Bobbi appreciate it. You couldn't ask for nicer people or a better organization to volunteer for. They are a legit organization who has made a lot of people very happy before meeting their fate in life. They go out of their way to make these wishes happen, this is their life and they are very happy with it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

You will never find a more caring organization, from the founders John and Bobbi Robinson, to the volunteers...these people CARE! I'm proud to say that I've had the chance to work with them and see what they do first hand!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the recent opportunity to help out with one of their fund raiser events. The event was well thought out, organized and staffed and the Unity personnel went out of their way to be helpful and make everyone feel welcome.

Jackie31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity continues to be my favorite charity. They do so many great things for people who need it the most. They helped my brother-in-law when he was battling lymphoma and they helped my neighbor when she was fighting breast and ovarian cancer. Unity is run by two of the most caring people you could meet. Please consider donating to Unity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my brother-in-law Jimmy was battling lymphoma, Unity helped him any way they could. They threw fundraisers to help pay his bills. They also got him tickets to see the Steelers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity, A Journey of Hope is a great organization who really gives back to the community in more ways than anyone could ever imagine. They have granted so many amazing wishes and made so many people unbelievably happy. It's an awesome thing to be a part of. They granted a wish for my cousin and gave him a huge wedding and reception. It was absolutely beautiful. Unity really does go above and beyond to fulfill their wishes and more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unity is one of the best organizations I've ever heard of. I'm so happy to be a part of it! John and Bobbi are 2 amazing people and they work their butts off to make people happy. The volunteers are amazing people who are really caring people. I'm so lucky to be a part of this.

Dave S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got a chance to help with a wish for a guy named john he wanted a computer and web cam to talk to his son over seas I set up the computer and talked with john and his last request of me was to quit smoking and I can say today I have stopped smoking and think of him everyday. Unity is great john and Bobbi got a heart of gold

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the chance to help unity and grant a wish with them and put a computer together for a guy passing away from cancer his wish was to have a web cam to talk to his kids unity stepped up got the computer and we set it up desk and all John and Bobbi have big hearts and do this and ask for nothing in return

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Jordan29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is ran by two of the most dedicated and sincere people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am the Director at Ohiopyle Vacation Rentals, and we work with them to give guests getaways in our rentals located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. I have seen more amazing stories and wishes come true than one could ever believe thanks to the hard work of John & Bobbi. I am blessed to be a small part of this organization and making a difference in others lives. May God bless you all.

Bernie D.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not say enough great things about Unity. The endless hours the people behind the scenes, John & Bobbi put in to make someone's wish come true. Bobbi reaches the un-reachable and does NOT stop when phones are hung up and doors are shut. She keeps going, it matters to her to make a difference. John keeps brings compassion and they truly are doing this out of love for people they may not know prior to a wish coming in. SO thankful for this group.