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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

30 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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

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.

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

How truly grateful I am to have met John and Bobbi Robinson. God made sure I was supposed to meet these wonderful people .They say people come into your life for a reason and now I know the magic of his power. I am just passing my third year battle with small cell lung cancer with mets to the brain, It has been a long rough road but I still continue to fight.
Unity a Journey of hope granted me the best wish I could have ever received. 1 week in Selbyville , Delaware . (It is right on the border of OC Maryland) My husband and I never did get a real honeymoon so this of course was the ultimate wish for me !!!! We stayed at a wonderful beach house at Mallard lakes.
The trip was great!! Lots of beach time !! The ocean is my favorite place . Lots of fishing, lots and lots of wonderful sites to see. and LOTS OF FOOD! I was amazed at how much country was there, I soaked in all I could in 1 week. It was so great to be able to feel the sand between my toes and hold my husbands hand and have his heart. I appreciated all the things you had given us. I prayed several times thanking the Good Lord for the kindness of John and Bobbi for giving me this wish and the wonderful time. I wish somehow I could have just froze time .
Thank you to Unity a journey of Hope and to all who volunteer their time to this exceptional organization. I will never forget the most wonderful week of my life and will forever be grateful for all you did for myself and my husband God bless all of you!! Edie And Jeff Rice

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

While battling cancer for the third time, Unity provided my want, need and desire to sit on the beach with the wind on my face and feet in the sand. It gave me the renewed strength to keep up the fight. Words can't thank them enough. God bless you both for the things you are doing. How can you rate them anything less than a five star. They give expecting nothing in return.

Barb38

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unity provides my daughter Stacey with her wish to meet race car driver Kasey Kahne.I had been trying to make this happen for her without any luck.Contacted John at Unity one evening,he got right on it.Within 2 days he had it all set up for my daughter! I was in tears When I received the call saying when and where the meeting would take place.Just let me say as a mother of a daughter who wanted this so badly ,Unity made this happen for her.Seeing the smile on her face when Kasey came out will stay in my heart forever.There are no non profits out there that make wishes come true for adults but Unity does and John never stop till he makes it happen.This group is like no other the way Grant wishes to adults who also deserve their wish to come true as well.Thank you John at Unity for putting a smile on my daughter's face something I hadn't seen along while.You all ROCK.God Bless!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2014 we found out my husband who was only 34 at the time has congestive heart failure that his heart was only working 10%. We were devastated! He coded twice and was on life support we didn't know if he would come back to us or not and by the blessing of God he did. He than got the LVAD (left ventricular assist device) that helps pump the blood flow to his heart and was put on the heart transplant list. We just took it day by day and never knew what would come our way. He has always wanted to take me and our children to the beach since he has never been there and our children who are 4 and 6 also never been there. But when he got sick he is not able to work again at least not until he gets his new heart and then there after we really don't know if he will be able to, its just a hope and a pray, so we thought our chances to take a family vacation to the beach was gone. Until one day Unity a Journey of Hope came into our lives and changed it so much. They made that dream come true for us. They blessed us with a weeks vacation to Ocean City Maryland to have that vacation and that dream that we thought we would never be able to have. We are so thankful to Bobbi and John and every single person that helped make it a dream come true for us. The memories we made, the time we got to spend together and show our babies the beach and the ocean and do all the fun exciting things we were able to do was priceless. I can not thank them enough for what they have done for my family its something we thought we would not be able to do being my husband is sick but now we did and we have those memories forever that will last a lifetime!! My husband is also a big fan of Chuck Norris and when we met Bobbi and John they surprised my husband with an picture of Chuck Norris and he had wrote a note on there to my husband. When Will opened that and seen it he was so shocked and happy and never thought he would get something like that from one of his idols. My husband doesn't cry or tear up much but that day he did and to see that made me so emotional and happy for him.. Because of Unity A Journey of Hope this amazing blessing happened to my family and if it was not for them we may never got to experience and see everything we did and have the memories we now have! They touched our hearts and we are forever grateful for them!!! From The Robison's

3 Edie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank John and Bobbi for the compassion you have to go out of your way.To grant wishes to people. How awesome is that. My Husband Andy Kubiak had Gliobastoma brain cancer. And his wish was to see Jerome Bettis. And to be on his Show. You two made that wish come true. When we got the call that we were going to go watch the show Andy was very excited. When we arrived at the station John was there waiting for us. It was time to meet Jerome. the look on Andy's face was priceless. Andy got to spend sometime with Jerome he let him try the superbowl ring on . What a nice guy. After the show started Jerome spoke of Andy like a friend throughout the tapping. Then we got to go to Jerome's grill and we ate in his private room. The food was amazing. For one night through this terrible battle with cancer.we got to enjoy ourselves without thinking about it for one night. Cannot Thank you enough for everything. God bless.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother Andy Kubiak has glioblastoma stage IV Brain cancer and John & Bobbi has gone out of their way to plan an extra special meeting with Jerome Bettis and be part of the tapping of his show. After spending time with Andy and signing autographs all of us enjoyed a meal at Jerome Bettis Grille #36. Such a great and memorable day! Felt wonderful to see my brothers smile like we haven't seen in months. This experience helped him forget about his cancer if only but a short time. Would highly recommend this origination and ask for donations and/or volunteers so as to carry this hope and dreams on to others!
(copy and paste link below, you will be impressed)
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/steelers-fan-terminal-brain-cancer-meets-his-idol-/nptZS/

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Megan and I am 19 years old. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymophoblastic Leukemia. I went through treatment and then four years later I relapsed. This has been a difficult time for me and Unity A Journey of Hope was so kind to grant my wish of receiving an iPad mini. I wanted one so that I could watch movies, read eBooks, and play games on it while I was at clinic getting treatments and for at home to distract me when I'm not feeling well. They have been so kind and I am extremely grateful for the gift they sent me!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough stars for this organization. My father was diagnosed with cancer in sept 2009. In Nov. I was in the car in the mid. of the nite and I heard about this wish granting thing on the radio. I wrote the number down and passed it on to my mom not really thinking anything would come of it. Boy, was I wrong.

Mom called the number and talked to John Robinson. And things kind of snowballed from there. I believe it was within a month that Dad and mom were outside the Statue of Liberty. Daddy was a Navy Vet of 22 years and I never knew that he always wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. He had seen it from a distance but was never actually there and the look on his face when he saw it was priceless. John ended up being my dad’s Hospice nurse at the time also.

John and Bobbie both cared for my mom and dad with a lot of empathy, Humor and love.

In 2013 my mom was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2014. . John was her nurse also. I learned a lot about how hospice worked and the processes when someone passes. There is too many words for this organization.

He was always real honest, even when it was hard to do so. Had my family and I not had the great fortune of being blessed by this organization, I don’t know that I would have been able to handle their passings as easily as I have. I know they really Helped my parent’s and many other families. They are really a blessing. Thank you Unity!

Terri
Daughter of David and Shirley Hall

1

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

Tera A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Shayna Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Monica51

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Deb_25

Client Served

Rating: 5

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