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August 26, 2012

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August 26, 2012

what an outreach to the people of cleveland and beyond... when others have walked out Heaventrain and Lighthouse minsteries have rolled in...

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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November 29, 2011

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November 29, 2011

I have been involved with Lighthouse both as a donor and as a volunteer. The reason I have aligned myself with Lighthouse is not just because of the mission, vision, and leadership (which are all great) but because of the significant impact that can be seen in generations of the Central community. If the proof is in the pudding, then the pudding of Lighthouse is thick with example of example of lives changed, people being empowered, and love experienced by a community that is often left on the fringe or just plain forgotten. Lighthouse has worked to not just swoop in like a hero with just food and leave, but rather stay and invest in the lives of the children, adults, and families. When times are hard and the messy details of a day-in and day-out lives of people will drive many away, Lighthouse has held the course and stood their ground, along side the people of central. Defying skeptics and odds, Lighthouse's impact in changing lives for the better is seen in the faces of volunteers, the children they are reaching, and the adults that were children once loved by the people of Heaventrain and Lighthouse.

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

I've met young men and women who's lives were changed by the impact of this nonprofit as they have been able to get out of the traps of being raised in a setting that is stacked against their success. I've heard the testimonies of volunteers of how even just one Saturday spent with Lighthouse has changed the course of their lives and minds forever. I have personally been touched at my core by the work of Lighthouse and the lives that are being impacted.

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

Just keep an ear to the ground and keep changing with the needs - not a change, just a continuation of what they are already doing.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 28, 2011

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November 28, 2011

Lighthouse Inc. has touched thousands of lives over the years. The thing that I appreciate about this organization the most is the way they love and respect each and every person who comes within their reach. Thousands of young lives have been changed because of the sacrificial giving of themselves of the people involved. I have had the opportunity to hear first-hand how lives have been changed due to Lighthouse Inc. Young lives that were hopeless became of importance in their own eyes and in the eyes of everyone around them. I truly believe Lighthouse Inc. has saved many lives of the young people in the Cleveland area.

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

I love to hear the first-hand accounts from kids who have been touched throughout the efforts of Lighthouse Inc.!

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

Find a way to provide more funding so that more lives can be saved.

August 1, 2011

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August 1, 2011

What I like about Lighthouse most is that they do what they say. They maintain low administrative costs and work with the community they are serving. They are on the ground working in the communities, building relationships so that they the solutions. They have a great reputation in the communities and with the volunteers who are so crucial to the programs.

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

I've seen the results in the form of children who grew up to be productive, healthy, content adults who finished educations and now give back to their communities.

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give more time to it! They manage things VERY WELL! but there is much to do and not enough bodies.

July 31, 2011

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July 31, 2011

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

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

Expand it 10 fold

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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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.

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

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