Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
132 Reviews
1234.916675
| 1 ... 9 10 11...13 |
Write A Review
November 21, 2011

more

November 21, 2011

We have had great experiences with Lighthouse Inc., Phil & Andy Batten, and they're amazing group of leaders and volunteers. The Heaventrain ministry is incredible as it serves the spiritual and physical needs of Cleveland kids each week.
We recently had the privilege of giving a day to
helping rehab a house the ministry owns. Good, hard work in a fun environment for a worthy cause was a great use of 8 hours! We pray and know that our efforts will partner with so many others and result in real change for real people!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the changed lives of students and their physical needs met.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing!

November 19, 2011

more


1 previous review
July 31, 2011

I've been volunteering for about 11 years I've been on mission trips overseas but the one that won my heart over was the away that Heaventrain is out on the streets. Instead of in a building and how t... more

November 19, 2011

When I heard about lighthouse in heaven train I had to see it for myself everybody told me how wonderful job that Rev. Phil Rev. Andy was in central Cleveland for 20 years in the neighborhood that I grew up in. The day I went to help I cannot believe my eyes at the volunteers and the staff and how well organized that everybody ran that Saturday there was over 1200 people that Saturday I didn't part of it for 11 years and a board member for four years. I believe so strongly in this nonprofit organization called lighthouse that I donate every month to and I volunteer my time when heaven train runs. My wife and I and my two daughters are very involved in heaven train and lighthouse. You can read all the reviews that are written about lighthouse but you really need to come and see with disorganization is early about I could almost guarantee that you will not believe what you see. From the leadership roles and the volunteers and how involved the board members are thank you for allowing me to share what lighthouse means to me.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through heaven train him being part of the board

Ways to make it better...

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

There are not a organization that need some changes in them it's all about growin in the right places in the places that we are not strong in we need to work on those week area and make them strong areas.

More feedback...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

The impact they make

What is its top priority in the long run?

The impact they have in the community and people's lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 31, 2011

I've been volunteering for about 11 years I've been on mission trips overseas but the one that won my heart over was the away that Heaventrain is out on the streets. Instead of in a building and how the community response to the Big Blue bus. IIn the love that all the volunteers who come to serve have for the kids in the community. Lighthouse and Heaventrain is not in the community it's part of the community for 31 years Heaventrain and Lighthouse has love the community in central Ohio and the people rarely respect the organization.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Loving concern ways

Ways to make it better...

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

How to reach out to more organizations.

August 1, 2011

more

August 1, 2011

What I like about Lighthouse most is that they do what they say. They maintain low administrative costs and work with the community they are serving. They are on the ground working in the communities, building relationships so that they the solutions. They have a great reputation in the communities and with the volunteers who are so crucial to the programs.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results in the form of children who grew up to be productive, healthy, content adults who finished educations and now give back to their communities.

Ways to make it better...

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

give more time to it! They manage things VERY WELL! but there is much to do and not enough bodies.

August 1, 2011

more

August 1, 2011

Lighthouse staff and volunteers come together to creatively address both the apparent and not-so apparent needs of our transforming neighborhood through its use of youth-led programming, volunteer partnerships, and resident collaboration. This organization is a necessary example of excellence as staff, volunteers, and community members come together to serve a catalyst for change. I am strongly impacted as I witness the organization's excellent delivery of a summer food program for youth, a well organized tutoring program for high school students, and a basketball program that enriches youth both socially and academically.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that some of the young people in my neighborhood are challenged to not just to survive to but thrive as co- leaders in the organization's long-term investment in the Central community. Despite the economic challenges, Lighthouse staff and volunteers reamin steadfast in their deep sense of compassion, authenticity, and recognition and utilization of the community's assets.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would invest additional funding in the organization to build the administrative capacity of its K- 8th grade tutoring program and expand the career and college exposure field trips for young men who participate in their basketball programs.

August 1, 2011

more

August 1, 2011

I, Mildred Chambless, have witness the impact the "Heaventrain" Ministry has had on the lives of children as well as adults. Meeting their physical needs for food, clothing and spiritual growth. Their love for people is demonstrated through their willingness to get involved in the lives of those that they serve and their community, through one-on-one encouragement, activities, prayer support as well as in groups. What was most meaningful to me was parents, who experienced "Heaventrain" as children, are bring their children to "Heaventrain" . I am grateful to be a part of this ministry.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because of the impact of my experience with this ministry I have been granted the opportunity to serve the GLenville Community with Heaventrain.

Ways to make it better...

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

It would be made available to more communities

August 1, 2011

more

August 1, 2011

It is with great pleasure I write a review for Lighthouse Inc. What a wonderful, giving organization that truly cares for the inner city youth and communities they live in. The Children's Hunger Alliance and Lighthouse Inc. have built a last relationship with the similar goal of feeding children. Lighthouse has taken this one step further by showcasing nutritious quality foods kids love! In addition Lighthouse has been instrumental in inspiring at risk children to stay in school, join tutoring programs and/or become involved in school/neighborhood sports programs. The youth of our future learn what love, compassion and civic minded means by example.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed several programs thru Lighthouse/Heaventrain from feeding, tutoring, rehabbing a community center and finding high quality food vendors. I always walk away with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask Andy Batten to run for Presidency of the United States! His commitment, drive and bottomless huge heart filled with love knows no bounds for the youth of tomorrow and the Cleveland communities he takes such pride in. I want to share him with the world!

August 1, 2011

more

August 1, 2011

I have had the privilege of working with Andy Batten, the Executive Director, his staff and board members of Lighthouse for the past six years, in my role as Project Manager of The Cleveland Foundation’s Project Access.
This organization is an outstanding example of community service,
organizational capacity and leadership. Lighthouse has been serving the residents of Northeast Ohio for 31 years by providing mentoring, tutoring and nutrition services to over 3,600 kids each week in the Central neighborhood. Lighthouse currently maintains and operates 14 summer nutrition sites and were recognized in 2009 by the Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance as the Summer Nutrition program of the year.
Moreover it has been my pleasure to have assisted in approving grant funding to Lighthouse through the Cleveland Foundation's Project Access.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed first hand the impact of their service delivery and have personally contributed to this organization

Ways to make it better...

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

I would provide additional funding to allow them to expand their service area.

July 31, 2011

more

July 31, 2011

I have been involved with both the inner city ministry and the fundraising side of Heaventrain. Being able to help deliver food to the different neighborhoods and be personally involved with people who go without has been an eye opening experience. The biggest impact Heaventrain has had on me is being able to see the gratitude of the people the organization helps. It's always different to hear about people who feed the poor and do community development in the inner city and then actually experiencing the impact first hand. The experience of being involved will be something I will always remember and sets the standard of what it means to truly help those around you.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the people who are so thankful to have food to feed their families. I have been a leader of a fundraising campaign. I have also gone and harvested collard greens and delivered them.

Ways to make it better...

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

The ability for this company to be able to help more people. They already touch so many lives in Cleveland but there are still more who need help.

July 31, 2011

more

July 31, 2011

Having been personally involved with Heaventrain ministries as a child and supported the efforts of Lighthouse Inc as an adult, I can witness to the dedication and passion of those involved. The work they do truly transforms lives and impacts not only their community, but the communities of all those around the country who are inspired by their work.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the immediate needs of people being met, long-term life transformations, and dozens of others wanting to duplicate the work of Lighthouse in other cities

Ways to make it better...

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

bless them with unlimited resources

July 31, 2011

more

July 31, 2011

I got involved with LIghthouse about 15 years ago when I had moved to Cleveland for my first job. Wow, what an experience for this small-town girl from "out west". It was such an amazing opportunity to learn so much more about myself as well as issues within the urban center. I met some great people both in the volunteers, the staff (the Battens) as well as all the sweet kids who come each week to Heaventrain. I really looked forward to each week being able to spend time with such great people in this organization. A couple of the other volunteers sort of became my little brother and sister and we had some great times. While I am no longer in the area and can't volunteer anymore, I know that whatever I put into this organization I got back at least double! I will never be the same!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own personal growth. I learned more about the Bible by being involved in this ministry. I also learned a great deal about Urban development and even some of the historical situations that have caused so many poor communities within the urban setting. Also, having never been exposed to any racial diversity prior to my time volunteering with LIghthouse, my eyes were really opened to some of the progress as well as remaining issues when it comes to races.

Ways to make it better...

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

Possibly one change would be to provide more opportunities for volunteers to be connected based on their areas of expertise. I know that Lighthouse is becoming more involved in after school programs and coaching and mentoring programs than it was when I was involved and I believe this are the exact areas where LIghthouse can have an impact, if it can coordinate the needs with various resources that are available.

More feedback...

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

It has been a long time since I've helped - but "back then" there were times we had too much help and times we didn't have enough, if it could be more evenly distributed.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes - I learned a lot about our country, about racial diversity, about helping people, about urban centers, about how to process and feed 1000 people and keep kids organized and quite - and most importantly about God and his love!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Usually tired, and like I had done something important to help! There is nothing quite as amazing as knowing that 1000 kids god something to eat and heard about God's Love.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers

3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Spend time with a young person as a tutor. Volunteer