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November 28, 2011

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July 27, 2011

I am regularly approached by non-profits of many types and purposes seeking donations and time. I rarely run into an organization that shares my focus of measuring real results and focusing dollars on... more

November 28, 2011

Lighthouse is doing the real work that most people just talk about.

It has been my great pleasure to be involved with this organization as a volunteer and a board member...I was compelled to continue to serve by the great need, the unique approach to meeting that need, and the incredible
people that this organization brings together.

In a world full of requests for money, requests for time and carefully scripted marketing messages, Lighthouse is a refreshing change of pace: real folks that get their hands dirty doing the hard jobs.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 27, 2011

I am regularly approached by non-profits of many types and purposes seeking donations and time.
I rarely run into an organization that shares my focus of measuring real results and focusing dollars on the Voice of the Community.

Lighthouse is one of those rare organizations that takes
the time to actually listen and observe, understand key issues in the community, and then focuses their entire staff, organizational goals, etc around those issues.

They have impressed me by not just chasing the latest "flavor of the month" in terms of submitting grants, but have instead remained consistently focused on their organizational purpose.

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

Spending time in King Kennedy, Garden Valley and Outhwaite with residents. Spending time with a group of young men on a road trip to DC. Interacting with community leaders and hearing their view on the huge impact that Lighthouse has.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to upgrade the skillset on the board. Focus on building an endowment fund to ensure a clear financial baseline for decades of future service.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Lack of funding for truly community driven initiatives in Cleveland.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

The need was there.

What would you tell others about this organization?

The finest non-profit organization I have ever seen.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 28, 2011
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November 28, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

Lighthouse been involved in my life for as long as i can remember. I remember when it was the kids church and my brother and i would always go. As got older i realized what a good thing we had going on for us so i kept going. Thats when the Heaventrain big blue bus use too come where i lived at and i definitively kept going because every saturday they just kept coming and showed that they cared. This will be my 5th year with them. Lighthouse also have a basketball team that i participate on, the first year i wanted to play but i was too young and they just wouldnt give me a chance. So the next year Reverend Batten gave me the chance i been waiting for and i took it and ran with it. We went on too win 2 championships and recently we had won the Grand National NIT Championship its a AAU tournament that we worked very hard too get. Not only helpin me on the basketball court they also help you in the classroom. I am currently holding a 3.80 G.P.A. this couldnt been done without there tutoring and support i thank them for that. I am a Senior at East Technical High School a school that some people wouldnt recommend and they came in helped me in areas i needed help in. You never come around a group of individuals that really care like this and im grateful for everything they do. You know what they say good things happen to those who wait, well waiting on them every Saturday changed my life and i thank them for that i have nothing but love for Lighthouse Inc. Now since they were so grateful to me i volunteer my time every chance i get no one has too ask me too i do it out of love. I love everything they do for me and my community

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

a positive way both on and off the court and in the classroom

Ways to make it better...

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

nothing its great just the way it is

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

no changes needed

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

yes it help me in a lot of areas

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

great, good as a person and a leader

November 27, 2011
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November 27, 2011
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I'm currently a high school senior and part of a nazarene church. I was first told about Heaven Train when Pastor Phil preached at my church in Garfield Hts and I always wanted to help out with it. I finally got my chance when I to when i participated in the 30 Hour Famine. Pastor Andy came and talked to us about it and prepared us for what was to come the next day. I was actually pretty nervous about it all but when i got there it all changed.. I was blown away at the first stop. When the train drove around playing its music to get the kids to come outside I was amazed by the amount of people that began showing up. Playing with the little kids and talking to them was such a humbling experience. I will never be able to forget it. It showed me that I should apperciate everything that I have because there are tons of people less fortunate. It really opened my eyes.. I loved seeing all the smiles on the kids faces when getting out of the bus or the excitement of waiting in line to hear Pastor Phil preach that day. I hope that I will get to take part in it again. Pastor Phil and his ministry are such an inspiration and have made such a positive impact on the city of Cleveland.

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

every aspect of my life.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing.

November 24, 2011

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November 24, 2011

My old church went on a trip to help heaventrain from VIenna WV. Coming from an area where there is little crime and little actual hunger and going to a place where even the children knew the difference in a car backfiring and gunshots, where they had to ask if it was ok to play on the playground because of the fear of gang activity.It was all a total shock to me. My heart really went out to all these people.
Heaventrain is really demonstrating the love of Christ to people that have been lied to for generations, believing they would never amount to anything, or could never rise above what they have been born into. Drug use is so common there, shootings are so common, and so is gang activity. Some people believe they have to give into all those things because that is all they have known. Heaventrain is giving them hope. They are giving them meals both spiritual and physical....showing them they can rise above their circumstances and be everything God created them to be.
I would love to see more heaventrains around the country, I believe it could change a nation!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

November 24, 2011

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November 24, 2011

THE TIME I VOLUNTEERED ON HEAVENTRAIN WAS TOTALLY INSPIRING. TO SEE ALL THE CHILDREN RESPOND NOT ONLY TO THE MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE THAT WAS GIVEN THAT DAY BUT ALSO, TO THE CARING AND GENUINE LOVE THAT WAS BEING DISPLAYED BY ALL THE HEAVENTRAIN WOKERS. TO KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN A STAPLE IN THE CENTRAL NEIGHBORHOOD HELPS ME TO UNDERSTAND THE EXPECTATION AND EXCITEMENT THAT IS PLACED UPON HEAVENTRAINS ARRIVAL BY THE CHILDREN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. CONTINUE THE GREAT WORK!!

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

IN THE PATICIPATION OF THE CHILDREN AT THE CITY MISSION DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

Ways to make it better...

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

TRY TO GET MORE DRIVERS AND WORKERS SO I COULD BRANCH OUT TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS IN NEED. I WOULD ALSO TRY TO OBTAIN THE MEANS SO A WIDER VARIETY OF MEALS AND SNACKS COULD BE PROVIDED

November 23, 2011

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November 23, 2011

While working with non-profits organizations around the World for many years, I have never met a more dedicated and excellent group like the people from Heaventrain. Their approach and hard work to help the people in Cleveland is outstanding, long-lasting and impacts life in a positive manner each day.

Our professional soccer team was proud to partner with Heaventrain and to witness the tremendous amount of compassion, love and care that Andy and his team have for these people.

I have no doubt that the world would be a different place, if there would be more "Heaventrains" out there! Thanks for all you do!

Mark Geissbauer

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

many different ways. Heaventrain is highly respected in their communities and has a major impact on a daily basis. The smiles on the faces of the children we worked with, will stay in my heart forever.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Hard work, love for people and the respect that they have earn in their communities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 22, 2011

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November 22, 2011

I had the honor of working with Lighthouse as a consultant for two summers. The staff is 100% committed to their mission of serving and improving the lives of the people of the Central/Cedar Cleveland neighborhoods, especially the children. The Heaven Train ministry has an incredible history of feeding children physically and spiritually that has expanded into building long-term relationships, encouraging kids through recreational and educational activities

I worked with Lighthouse's summer feeding program, when they got a grant to have an educational enrichment program along with the summer lunch program. It was a great idea and valuable to students' education. But there were several challenges, one of the biggest was transportation. When kids are out of school, the need to feed them is of primary importance and after two summers, Lighthouse decided to focus just on providing healthy lunches to more kids in Cleveland neighborhoods. I was impressed with their committment to excellence in the quality of the food they served and to know their limitations in doing both programs at the same time.

Lighthouse has learned the importance of sticking closely to their mission while carefully expanding capacity with complete accountability and transparency.

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

working with administrative and program staff. Their collaboration with local resources is outstanding.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase their already effective donor and volunteer base.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Their total committment, engagement and love for the kids in neighborhoods they serve.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 22, 2011

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November 22, 2011

My name is Demetrius and I was apart of this organization. The thing that really showed me that Lighthouse cared was when they keep coming to our community showing that cared. I can remember the Heaven Train coming every Saturday and putting smiles on our faces. The people at Lighthouse took me places that I never thought I would go. They organized basketball teams to keep us out of trouble and it has inspired me a lot. I've been to Browns games and Cavs game. Lighthouse makes you feel welcomed and proud to want to make a difference in a community. My community has a lot of great potential like athletes but more important maybe a future doctor who never will get a chance because the lack of focus on the child. This is truly one of the life changing programs of my life....

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 21, 2011

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November 21, 2011

I have been connected to this organization from the beginning. It has been amazing to see it grow and become such a consistent and persistent voice for good. The connection of workers to the community is a rare and special experience. One fact that many would overlook is that the organization is very thrifty and builds many of its projects with volunteer and community based leadership.

Recently I have worked on multiple fund raising projects that were dependent on community volunteers that included the young people the group has mentored. These young people were dedicated to work and proud to support an organization that they believed was important to them and their community. I have never seen young people work so hard to help support a program that they were part of. If community members are willing to work that hard they must see the value.

When I first came to Cleveland I was worried because I had always heard bad things about the city. Once I got close enough to see first hand, I was able to see the beauty in the community. The people I have met are gentle and loving. They go out of their may to make me feel welcome and cared for, changing forever my perception of the city. These kids are amazing and your life will be richer for getting connected.

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

Great friends, close connections, amazing young people.

Ways to make it better...

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

Better visibility, too many wont look close enough to see the real difference and impact that their work is making. Many people are not wiling to come see for themselves and seeing is believing.

November 21, 2011

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November 21, 2011

Heaventrain is a great necessity to the cedar central community. The resources that they give and all the great people with the train have helped alot of people in the community and others in other areas. They help children and adults with things such as spiritual,food,toys,and shelter if possible. I have had the pleasure of working with them and the impact that they had and still have on the community is remarkable just to know people care and will always care about the community made me feel great to be apart of that.

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

The community

Ways to make it better...

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

Not change anything

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