August 2, 2011
Over the past several years, I have had the honor of watching this organization flourish. From the first day I spoke with Rev. Andy, I knew that something was different about this organization. Too often in the nonprofit world, we overuse the word compassion and fail to recognize it's about community. Lighthouse, Inc. understands that it's not enough to have compassion. This organization understands that it is about community - recognizing that caring for the most vulnerable among us builds and sustains community. The Lighthouse difference is that instead of pitying the less fortunate, they roll up their sleeves and do something about making this world a better place. The most significant example of this is their work in the projects of Cleveland. Years ago, equipped with a small mobile unit and a staff of mostly Caucasian individuals, they ventured into the projects to do one thing - feed hungry children and families. Lighthouse, Inc. realized that they could not better the community by waiting for the community to come to them. They saw a need and they did not hesistate to take ownership of the solution. I first learned of their work when Rev. Andy called my office. Faced with bureacratic red tape, his concern was not about the viability of the organization; rather he was deeply concerned about not being able to help more hungry children and families. When the organization was awarded a grant to continue their work, I was grateful to have been a part of ensuring their good work could endure. As a grantee, the organization was timely, organized and efficient. When I conducted a site visit, I was moved by the children's accounts of how Lighthouse changed their lives for the better. This organization deserves many accolades not only for what they do, but how they do it. I hope these words reflect the phenomenal work, devotion and ability of Lighthouse, Inc. to build, foster and improve the community.
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the Feed Ohio Grant.
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provide them with more funds to continue their good works on a broader scale.
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MY ROLE:Professional with expertise in this field & I served as Chief Program Officer in the Ohio Governor's Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives and managed their grant programs.