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November 28, 2011

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November 28, 2011

i would like to say that this a great program for its roots it is a heart beat to the community. the services that it provides to the warm hearts that it brings i have had the pleasure to work with some of it team members and what can i say heaven sent the vision this organization has is unlimited we ll versed trained in one phrase with heaventrain it is like christmas everyday for the community that it serves

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food bank and personal relation

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

nothing but wish i was millionair to help this program go world wide and devote my own time helping

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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?

the warm hearts and the lives they touch

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 28, 2011

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November 28, 2011

I spent several months documenting Heaventrain. It's amazing to see the Heaventrain bus ride through communities playing music and children come running to line up to experience the service. The way the people of Lighthouse Inc dedicate themselves to bettering their community is admirable.

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

Seeing the impact Heaventrain had on the children in the communities. Seeing how excited they were to experience the service.

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

I would like to help tell their story so more people would be aware of what they do and volunteer.

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.

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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.

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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

August 1, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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 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.

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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

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

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.

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