Rating: 4.92 stars 132 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services
Location: 1360 E. 9th St. Ste 200 Cleveland OH 44114 USA
Results: 30 years of proven innovation and leadership in their Urban community
Target demographics: Central Community In Cleveland
Direct beneficiaries per year: 36000
Geographic areas served: Central Cleveland
Programs: Mentoring, Nutrition, Basketball, Tutoring, ABCD, Heaventrain, Holiday's.
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As a current youth pastor in the suburban west Cleveland, OH area I recently took part in a mission trip that combined my group of teenagers with a group from a church in Kentucky. During the week we helped work on two homes that Lighthouse, Inc. has restored on Cleveland's west side. One of these homes is occupied by the organization's executive director who has intentionally planted himself and his wife in the community in order to both understand the needs of his neighbors and build relationships. On one of the days we helped move in a young couple who is also intentionally going to live in the community in order to serve others. This new development in Lighthouse, Inc.'s efforts in Cleveland is particularly exciting and seems to be paying instant dividends as through working at the home for the new couple we were able to meet the neighbors who even helped out. We then had the pleasure of taking part in a community block party at the home to introduce the couple to their neighbors. This was well attended and is only the first of many things this couple will be doing to get to know those they are called to serve the needs of. We also had the chance to participate in Heaventrain, the longest standing ministry that Lighthouse, Inc. does. During the day we were able to interact with close to 750 children despite the rainy conditions. In seeing the efforts they are making and being heartbroken for the community, we decided to pass on one of the end of the night fun activities we had planned in order to free up more money to invest in to our work projects rather than go to a Cleveland Indians game. Lighthouse not only does a good job of stretching the resources they are given, they do a great job committing to getting to know those they serve so that they can identify what needs are most pressing and how to best address them. I would highly encourage calling to check out Heaventrain firsthand and I look forward to working with them more in the future.
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They have demonstrated to me that there is hope for restoring a hurting city but that in order to serve someone best, you have to first get to know them and develop a relationship with them.