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November 7, 2012

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1 previous review
November 21, 2011

I am the founder and pastor of Heaventrain. It has been my highest privilege and honor to serve as part of an amazing group of people. The children of Heaventrain are the most precious treasures in ... more

November 7, 2012

Heaventrain love's Children, more specifically Cleveland's vulnerable children. The team loves these kids and you can see and feel the impact of three decades of service. There is a special bond between our Heaventrain family and the children we serve. Words cannot express the honor it is to serve as part of this organization.

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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?

2012

November 21, 2011

I am the founder and pastor of Heaventrain. It has been my highest privilege and honor to serve as part of an amazing group of people. The children of Heaventrain are the most precious treasures in God's Kingdom and represent the hope for Cleveland's future. The volunteers of this organization give years of their life as servants that have fallen in love with our children. There is love that is seldom felt that is a mutual gift between the children and volunteers, it is a special connection that you must experience to understand. I have seen first hand barriers of race, economics, culture, and geography disappear and know first hand what it is to love and be loved by a community. I have spent over 30 years as part of this organization and am proud to be associated with a ministry that has created a legacy that will continue for many years. We have been blessed by many people that live, love, and give of themselves. While we have enjoyed a rich and exciting past I know that our best days are ahead as a new generation of leaders and children continue to pursue the vision of Lighthouse Inc.

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

Years of community connection. Much love and compassion of children and volunteers alike.

Ways to make it better...

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

Bring more young people to leadership roles, better support of projects financially, and more indigenous leadership.

November 28, 2011

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November 28, 2011

I learned about Lighthouse and HeavenTrain through a friend and helped out in a planning session earlier in the year. I was impressed with the results, their insights and compassion for the community, especially for the kids.

It was great see HeavenTrain in action during a Saturday morning
visit. The connection to the people in the community was tangible.

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

Watching mothers and their children come to enjoy some lunch and play.

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes, but there are always opportunities to continue to refine and expand their ministry.

November 28, 2011

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1 previous review
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 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

November 19, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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.

July 31, 2011

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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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