HeavenTrain has been a GREAT ORGANIZATION to be a Volunteer of being a part of Bridging the gap for UNITY THROUGH THE TEACHINGS AND KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST!
GETTING INVOLVED THROUGH DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN MAKING POSITIVE STRIDES AND GAINS FOR 35 YEARS AND COUNTING.
I am a youth pastor in Mount Vernon, OH. We love the HeavenTrain ministry and serving with them was the highlight of my teen's experience this summer in Cleveland!
I've had the pleasure of working with Heaventrain in the past and it is a truly unique organization worth seeing firsthand.
When I think of the Lord's Prayer where it says "your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven" I think of Heaventrain. It doesn't wait for people to come to it, it goes to the people. And it is the use of volunteer organizations that makes me think of an eclectic kingdom made up of people from all walks of life.
The leaders are in touch with the needs of the community and stewards of the resources entrusted to them to meet those needs and partner with other area organizations.
If you want to experience what the Church is meant to be, go spend a Saturday with Heaventrain.
As a current youth pastor in the suburban west Cleveland, OH area I recently took part in a mission trip that combined my group of teenagers with a group from a church in Kentucky. During the week we helped work on two homes that Lighthouse, Inc. has restored on Cleveland's west side. One of these homes is occupied by the organization's executive director who has intentionally planted himself and his wife in the community in order to both understand the needs of his neighbors and build relationships. On one of the days we helped move in a young couple who is also intentionally going to live in the community in order to serve others. This new development in Lighthouse, Inc.'s efforts in Cleveland is particularly exciting and seems to be paying instant dividends as through working at the home for the new couple we were able to meet the neighbors who even helped out. We then had the pleasure of taking part in a community block party at the home to introduce the couple to their neighbors. This was well attended and is only the first of many things this couple will be doing to get to know those they are called to serve the needs of. We also had the chance to participate in Heaventrain, the longest standing ministry that Lighthouse, Inc. does. During the day we were able to interact with close to 750 children despite the rainy conditions. In seeing the efforts they are making and being heartbroken for the community, we decided to pass on one of the end of the night fun activities we had planned in order to free up more money to invest in to our work projects rather than go to a Cleveland Indians game. Lighthouse not only does a good job of stretching the resources they are given, they do a great job committing to getting to know those they serve so that they can identify what needs are most pressing and how to best address them. I would highly encourage calling to check out Heaventrain firsthand and I look forward to working with them more in the future.
Heaventrain in the Cleveland Central district is an incredible outreach that I've had the opportunity to serve. Building community and relationships is the heart of this ministry, which includes connecting with individuals of all ages. All who are involved, ranging from staff to kids, can learn and grow through the Heaventrain experience. It encourages healthy and loving relationships, and also provides an avenue for people of all backgrounds to connect. It is a great joy to be a part of this organization. I plan on serving in this outreach for quite a while. Heaventrain provides a great example of what true community building and outreach looks like in the heart of Cleveland Ohio!
I've seen real discipleship happen through Heaventrain. Praying for the longevity of this non profit. So much beautiful work to be done in Cleveland!
These guys are firmly committed to doing things the right way. I appreciate the unwavering focus on what is best for the kids of Central Cleveland. The voice of the community drives the strategy, and it is the most transparent, purposeful team I've ever worked with.
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.
Heaven Train Cleveland is celebrating it's 35th anniversary, which is amazing in itself, but what's more amazing are the lives that have been touched through this ministry. Though geared to the children of Central Cleveland, young and old find loving ,caring, compassionate volunteers willing to go the extra mile to bring love and hope , but most of all Jesus to 600 or 700 people on a Saturday. One has to experience the joy on faces to fully understand the impact this ministry is making on lives. I have been involved with this organization for 16 years and have witnessed the love of Jesus poured out on all, with changed lives, and hope resulting. Relationships matter to all involved because they mattered to our Lord and they should matter to us all; Heaven Train is making this happen
I have been volunteering with heaventrain for nine years, and it is a wonderful ministry because it not only brings church to the people of the inner projects, but we also have worked on ways to get the children fed through different partners. I think my most memorable moment was when a kid walked up to pastor Phil and asked, will there be projects in heaven? Pastor Phil turned and said, no, but there will be people from the projects in heaven!
I can remember a time on heaventrain when a little boy had come to heaventrain and we were doing the summer feeding program; the kids 18 and under got a chance to eat a delicious hot meal with cold milk and carrots. While we were packing up to leave, we were giving away extras to the kids who wanted them (because we had a set amount and we had to pay for that amount any way) when this boy's mom walks up to all of our staff with tears in her eyes, hugging us and saying that they didnt have any food and didnt know what to tell the children. She said that heaventrain blessed their family with the sandwhiches and milk, which would feed her 4 children. Since this was our last stop of the day, we gave them our last box of sandwhiches and milks. For over 32 years, heaventrain has been quietly serving and blessing the community; and is able to build lasting relationships through holiday food drives, giving out coats for kids, and the numerous tutoring programs and extracricular activities students can be involved in after school. In the words of another heaventrain parent, heaventrain is a blessing and dont ever stop serving. Non-profits like this nowadays are rare and so thats why i nominate heaventrain for this grant.
HeavenTrain is dedicated to the city of Cleveland, more specifically the neighborhood of Central. God's spirit and calling on this ministry is evident every time we go out and serve. Blessed to be a part of it!
I have volunteered with Heaventrain train for many years! As a schoolteacher, it was mainly during the summer months, but now since I recently retired I have been able to be more consistent. The children who come are so precious and this year, we started asking kids and parents if there was something special they wanted us to pray over. The relationships made touch my heart and the love Heaventrain staff and volunteers provide to the community is priceless. The vision of Heaventrain 35 years ago continues to bring light into the Central Neighborhood. May God continue to bless this ministry.