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July 28, 2011

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July 28, 2011

I have been involved with this organization for about three years now. I can't explain how much it truly means to me and i wouldn't change that for the world. I have experienced nothing but good things through this organization, and it touches my heart till this day. My experiences are just amazing story's to pass on to the next generation and i wouldn't know where to begin. I have grown bond with several kids from here and always amazes me with the smiles and hugs i get. I love this organization with all my heart and im so grateful that i am involved at a young age and happy to be a part of it, and to see life changing story's. Keep up the great work, because they truly deserve all credit for it!

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

By volunteering. You get an up close shot of how these kids live, it touches me.

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

i wouldn't change a thing because i love it the way it is and it truly means a lot to me.

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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?

It has been running for 30 years and i have been a part of this organization for about 3 years and i still find it flawless with out a doubt.

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

Yes, it did by far. As a teen its hard to realize whats truly around you. It's the years where you feel like you run the world and need everything in possession to even feel a kind of popular. In reality, you step into the places where no one could imagine going and you think "hey these kids truly have no ground beneath them." Sometimes i wish more of the world could see this and be effected just like i was my first time. It teaches me how to get through things thick and thin.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

At first, i was truly afraid how kids would react and what it would be like but when your doing this and involved, you feel nothing but safeness and reality. It makes me feel happy to know i can be one to make someone smile who doesn't a lot. I really love it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 27, 2011

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July 27, 2011

Working to support this important ministry is important to our family. For years our local church has picked 'greens' that have went to Heaventrain for them to distribute. This is a multi-generational day that my children have participated in since they could walk. Our teens enjoyed volunteering on a Sat. route this spring. We also enjoy picking out school supplies, sidewalk chalk, etc. for them to use. We trust the Battens and believe that what they say, they do. Their integrity is unquestionable. Their vision has not changed over 3o years, it just continues to expand to meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the children in Cleveland! Their outreach ministries into schools, neighborhoods with sports, etc. are changing lives not just a moment, but for a lifetime. Lighthouse Inc. deserves our support- small or large. They make every penny and donation count!

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

Hearing the amazing stories of changed lives; Meeting some of the children and young adults affected positively by Lighthouse Inc.

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

Nothing, besides being able to allow them unlimited resources. It broke my daughters' hearts this spring when they found that there isn't enough food to feed the kids every Sat.

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

Heaventrain is something that changes life's! Not only does it change life's of the people you help, but it changes yourself, there is something so humbling about giving to others! Not only do people get hot meals. They get to play and have fun and a chance to hear God's word, which is an amazing thing in its self, because they might not have that chance without Heaventrain.

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

Lifes.

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

Nothing! It is amazing, in every way!

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

I was looking for an organizational partner (collaborative partner) in the Cleveland area. I direct a national non profit focused on neighborhood transformation. I wanted a trainer/coach in the Cleveland area to teach and coach neighborhood leaders principles and practices of Asset Based Community Development. Lighthouse is our choice of partners for this training and coaching work. They are totally committed to:
1. Indigenous leadership development
2. Development rooted in what people can do for themselves
3. Development that demands responsibility and respect for the affected and by the affected.
4. Development that starts in a strategy of discovering what residents care about - enough to act on it.
5. Development that does not begin until residents step up using what they have.
Lighthouse is our preferred partner - they really get it!

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

I have personally experienced the good work of indigenous leadership development under the training and coaching of Lighthouse.

Ways to make it better...

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

Grow their reach to additional neighborhoods.

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

The best way to tell the effect that Heaventrain has is by looking to the community. The people respond, not just by showing up for the food, clothing, and ministry, they also show their support in community activities. One recent example is a parade in which Heaventrain was invited to participate. As the bus made its way down the streets, many joined in singing the Heaventrain theme song. A number of children marched in front of the bus, making themselves a part of the Heaventrain entry. They are proud to be a part of this community ministry.

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

the testimonials provided through events and personal contact with the ministers.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it possible for them to have the money they really need to help those in need in the area they serve.

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

I can recommend Lighthouse without hesitation. For over 30 years, the communities, families, and individuals that have come into contact with Lighthouse are better off than they were before their encounter with this organization. The people and leaders of Lighthouse are heavily invested and have given their very lives to the service and need-meeting of others. Hungry stomachs have been filled, a love of learning has been cultivated, and hope has been restored through a wide spectrum of services.

In a day and age where many non profits boast much but produce little, where organizations come and go with the wind, Lighthouse has stood the test of time, changing a community for the good.....and becoming and integral part of the fiber of the very community it set out to serve.

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

My own college students that I work with.

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

Add a development and fundraising piece. Raise money to extend the level of services and total number of sites.

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

Lighthouse INC is such a blessing to those in and around the Cleveland, Ohio area. They are truly making a difference in the lives of adults and children.
Our group had the privilege of working with Lighthouse INC with their children's outreach Heaven Train and it was one of the most
meaningful experiences I've had in life. The kids they helped, knew them, trusted them, were fed a meal, were loved, were taught a lesson and left knowing that they were cared for. It was amazing. I can't wait to go back and help!

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

We took high school students with us to participate in the work of Lighthouse INC and I have seen the lasting effect it has had in their lives, after they've been a part of Heaven Train.

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

None. Just funding for the consistency and increase in their work.

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

I have worked for eight years with a non-profit that has partnered with Lighthouse on a number of occassions in the Cleveland area. The work Lighthouse does for those most in need is beyond words. The willingness to break down barriers and to work for and with people and organizations across the spectrum makes Lighthouse an extremely valuable and effective ministry in Cleveland.

The consensus from my colleagues (and my opinion as well) is that Lighthouse is under solid management, is fiscally responsible, and delivers great programming, particularly through Heaventrain.

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

my role in a partnering organization.

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

The biggest change needed for the organization is increased and steady funding. When the team can focus more on the programs as opposed to fundraising then more of those in need can be helped.

July 24, 2011

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July 24, 2011

Pastor Andy and Kristen were the youth leaders in my home church at Crestline Church of the Nazarene. When I first heard of Lighthouse and Heaven train, I thought “we just go up to Cleveland and witness to thousands of people, scary!” Although I was fourteen at the time I spent a Saturday in Cleveland with a few other teens from my youth group. I remember the heaven train bus being a few cars ahead of the van we were in. The music was going and bus’s horn was being honked. This was the first time I had ever seen hundred’s of kids running towards the ministry bus. The day filled with several stops and several children, teens and young adults getting saved. It was such a blessing to work with the volunteers of heaven train throughout that summer. The work that the organization does is life changing, not only from a ministry stand point but from a loving one-another stand point. And there compassionate hearts reaching out to others in need by feeding them and showing them a better way of life.

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

seeing first hand how one person's life can change if you show them love and commpassion.

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

I would love to be apart of this organization, but living all the way accross the country makes it hard to go volunteer!

July 23, 2011

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July 23, 2011

I first heard of Heaventrain a our church camp meeting at mount Vernon years ago. Pastor Phil was invited to speak and he spoke of the kids in the central neighborhoods of Cleveland who grew up in the violence and often without food. Yet, it wasn't until years later that I finally was able to volunteer and I fell in love with the kids. The little ones just fly out of their homes when they hear the whistle blow. They love Heaventrain and Pastor Phil. As they grow older you see a hardness of the neighborhood start to creep into their expressions but there is always a soft spot for Heaventrain. It has been especially comforting to see how all is working out these last few years to help our kids get nutritional lunches on Saturdays. With everyone working together the kids of central will be helped and loved.

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

Saturdays volunteer trips, 8week summer feeding program volunteer, photographer of special events, Facebook administrator.

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

If money was no object I would increase the marketing so as to increase the visibility of this great organization and incorporate more efficient follow up of visitors and volunteers

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