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Bernie D.

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Review for Unity a Journey of Hope, Vanderbilt, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Unity a Journey of Hope, Vanderbilt, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them a brick-and-mortar building (instead of the founder's house where the meetings are now to save money) and a fund-raising expert.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer