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July 31, 2011

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July 31, 2011

For the past sixteen years, I have been involved on the Board of Lighthouse, Inc. I have seen the highs and the lows.

This organization has done more with less than any I can think of. The ministry and the love that they share is second to none.

Today, largely through the
efforts of the Executive Director, Andy Batten, Lighthouse is poised to do great things in the inner city of Cleveland. The tremendous work that Andy and his father (who started Lighthouse as Heaven Train in 1981) have done has resulted in a large amount of trust with community leaders, who know that they are called to help the less fortunate in Cleveland.

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

seeing the incredible work done in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland.

Ways to make it better...

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

None at this time. Lighthouse runs a pretty tight ship.

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July 31, 2011

I've been aware of LIghthouse for about 4 years and involved for just over three. Here's how it happened:

Andy Batten and I were introduced by a mutual friend. Andy got started telling stories about the kids in Central. He knew these kids. They were HIS kids. He would talk about the
look on a young boy's face when he saw the food that was being served in one of the community feeding programs. He would talk about how the kids couldn't believe that some group of people they didn't know cared enough to make sure that they got fed high quality food. He would talk about the hours and hours it takes to cut through all the things young people see so that the positive role models have a chance to develop relationships with the kids of Central.

I had to see it for myself. So I went on Heaventrain a couple times. What I saw was passionate, committed volunteers who truly want a better life for the kids of Central. What I saw was a community committed to relationship with the volunteers. What I saw was kids looking for Pastor Phil, and ready to spend a few minutes hearing about God's kingdom on the Heaventrain bus. What I saw was a system that dealt in a very precious commodity: hope.

Now, that hope is a very good hope and it's something I'm quite excited by and about. Over the next few weeks & months I learned that hope that I saw on Heaventrain came to life in a number of other places. Tutoring, basketball, food programs (in the summer and year round) and numerous conversations with community leaders are all avenues of hope.

I'm excited to be a part of Lighthouse...as a volunteer, as a board member, as a financial supporter. You should be excited too. You should also be involved.

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

Providing hope. Feeding kids. The Church On Wheels. Changing young men's lives by using basketball as a tool. Passing out food on a week in, week out basis. The Heaventrain Christmas Tour

Ways to make it better...

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

Strengthen the leadership capacity of the Board. Develop funding sources. Develop a compelling platform to tell all the stories that are coming out of Central.

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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?

Personal introduction to the Executive Director.

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

Clarity of message and financial solubility.

What is its top priority in the long run?

community development in Central

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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July 31, 2011

My wife (the Missions Director at our local church) and I have been involved with Heaventrain and Lighthouse, Inc. for almost three years both as volunteers and supportors both with time and funding. I was fortunate to be involved in helping plan two fund-raising gala events with this organization and plan to do so long into the future.

This organization and the ministries it provides is one of the few that really hit home for me. They seek not to just fight against social injustice, but do something directly about it. They don't wait for someone in need to come to them, they take it right to where they live their lives and dream their dreams.

I've seen kids served a meal and play games with teen and adult volunteers without shoes and coats during the winter. I've seen young adults state that Heaventrain is their home church. This is all they've known. We have high school students here in the Central Cleveland neighboorhoods reaching graduation with an 8th grade reading level. Where will they go from here, how will they make a contribution. THIS CAN'T BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.

The leadership team at Lighthouse, Inc. is very conscientious about how they spend the funds and resources they recieve they just need more to continue to achieve the successful results they have seen with these kids. The main obstacle the organization has is needing a broader consistent funding base which they are seeking to overcome.

Craig C.

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

Through my time volunteering on Heaventrain, I feel I receive more than the kids. I've learned to be greatful for what I've received and my faith has been strengthened as I see those is more difficult circumstances than my own still have faith in a loving God. I also have been able to work with very passionate people at Lighthouse who know how to get the most from the resources they have.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them with a broader and deeper consistent funding source so they could plan 5-10 years into the future to broaden the scope of individuals they can reach.

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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

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

Nothing I can think of, they have a great exposure and on-boarding program for new or potential volunteers.

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

I've been introduced to other volunteers and members of the leadership team that have given me a much better knowledge and appreciate for what it takes to run and operate a non-profit organization.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel proud of what I've been able to do through this organization and very grateful for how I've been blessed in my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I have know Phil (the founder of the organization) along with his son Andy and have been familiar with their efforts to serve the children of Cleveland families for many years now. I also know many of their volunteers. I have never heard anything negative from anyone about this organization, but I am aware of countless positive remarks regarding the quality of their service and their dedication to improving the status of inner-city children, This ministry has been so successful and well received by all who are familiar with it that it is now being replicated by others. Being copied is perhaps an ultimate complement. Although I am a shut-in due to health and have limited finances, I am a regular financial supporter of this wonderful organization. I get a lot of "Bang for my Buck".

People said it couldn't be done BUT THEY DID IT anyway

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

Cleveland

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand it 10 fold

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July 31, 2011

This organization serves food and shares the gospel to many people in Cleveland. The volunteers are dedicated and give hours of their time to impact the lives of these youth.

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July 30, 2011

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July 30, 2011

My family has volunteered with Heaventrain and it really left a positive impact on our oldest daughter. She is so blessed to be able to help others as a teenager. The children's eyes light up when they hear the Heaventrain whistle and I can see firsthand what a difference they are making. We've met some wonderful people through volunteering here. We are so glad to know the great people at Lighthouse!!

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

being able to volunteer and see firsthand how they are impacting lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

do all I could to help them grow so that they can duplicate their ministry to people in need on the near west side of Cleveland.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

If they could expand their reach to impact the near west side, that would be great!

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

I met alot of wonderful people and allowed me to serve others with my hubbie & children.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was making a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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July 30, 2011

I have had the opportunity to help with Heaven Train several times over the past few years. It is so rewarding to see the work that this group is doing with the children and families in need in the Cleveland area. I've watched the excitement in the eyes of the children as they first hear, then see the Heaven Train bus come into their neighborhood. They minister to the children spiritually, show true care and affection, and provide them with nutritional needs as well.

The staff that provide this service are truly caring individuals, with a heart for the community, the children and for the work that they have been called to perform. Nothing less than outstanding

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

Ministering to the needs of the children of Cleveland.

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

No changes are needed... only more support.

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July 30, 2011

it has been my honor to help with Heaven Train since 2006. The kids are wonderful even in all their need
they smile so wide when they see us. It was the one request i made to my Lord when out of the kindness of His heart He saved me when I was 18. I do not need to go around the world to be
His servant. Please just use here to help those who have had the same type of background as i have. To see the kids get the help that was hard to find in my childhood is a wonderful site to see. They not only have a bite to eat, they receive the love of Christ Jesus and the Words he spoke through the servants He has called. What a wonderful Maker we have. Although God is more then able to save a soul without our help he desires and designs are growth around our willingness to allow Him the use of our hands and feet to show His overwhelming Love and Compassion.

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

seeing the kids and adults going back 3 generation. WOW!! there are not to many org. that have lasted this long in the enter city anywhere. just to put the food in their months and the seed of the word in their heart is an honor. Only God can cause the growth,

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

good food ever time! more funds available. more people to run in more city's.

July 29, 2011

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July 29, 2011

I met Andy Batten several years ago, and I was truly blessed by the work he does with urban youth, particularly through the Heaventrain ministry. His passion for helping inner-city children surpasses anyone else's that I know, and I hope that Lighthouse, Inc. will continue its work in both Cleveland and beyond.

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Lighthouse, Inc. is a blessing to the city of Cleveland, and especially to the youth in the urban communities.

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

Lighthouse, Inc. needs no adjustments, it simply needs more supporters.

July 28, 2011

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July 28, 2011

Lighthouse, Inc., is a non-profit organization that is making a monumental difference in the lives of children in Cleveland. Building on decades of solid leadership and vision, children's and teenager's lives are being profoundly changed by the ministry of Lighthouse. If you make a donation to Lighthouse, you can know for certain that your dollars are being maximized and that you are donating to the greater good.

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

I've seen the lives of children changed firsthand, and I've heard the incredible stories of what God has done through Lighthouse.

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

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