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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Lighthouse, Inc. mission is to build meaningful and lasting relationships with the children and their families in the central neighborhood and provide resources and establish partnerships that will break the cycle of poverty. Additionally, to raise up leaders and holistically restore the community.

Results: 35 years of proven innovation and leadership in their Urban community

Target demographics: Central Community In Cleveland

Direct beneficiaries per year: 36000

Geographic areas served: Central Cleveland

Programs: Mentoring, Nutrition, Basketball, Tutoring, ABCD, Heaventrain, Holiday's.

Community Stories

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

At the heart of this org is a simple and compelling desire to find tangible ways to care for Children. Their stories are compelling as they have served continuously for almost 40 years. They have impacted generations with simple acts of kindness and the transformational power of the Gospel. Love changes the world, and many thousands of kids have felt loved in the actions of the volunteers and staff of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Bryan and I have been serving with Heaventrain 8 years now. I've been doing the bubbles with the kids, including a bubble machine and group bubble bucket. We have a blast together!!! Love the kids, and I'm loved by them and love when they tell me so!!! Their smiling faces light up the Projects of Cleveland, and they are God's blessing to me!!!

4CentralsKids

Donor

Rating: 5

Heaventrain is an efficient and cost effective tool to reach kids. Funds are stewarded wisely to make a lasting kingdom difference and reach the Central community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'll never forget the day the Heaventrain pulled up and children were lining up outside eagerly awaiting their turn on the bus. I looked along the fence and saw a shirt, jeans, and shoes barely visible laying on the concrete. I thought that this was someone's clothes that were discarded. I looked a little closer and saw the most angelic face of a little boy sleeping on the concrete. My heart broke as he lay there suddenly the cold concrete pillow did not seem appropriate for this little boy. He wanted to come to Heaventrain but he was so tired that he couldn't stay awake long enough to make it on the bus.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience working with people who are caring, giving of themselves. I cannot be here each month, but when I do I feel spiritually moved with what happens during this time with the children. I cannot thank them enough for what they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is one of the most organized volunteer groups i have ever worked with. the officers and volunteers are all pleasant and ready to go the etra mile for Heaven Train. I love seeing the smiles on the childrens faces and I KNOW we are making a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We visit 5 different community locations and get to bring a church on wheels to children and their caregivers who may not attend a local church. Children love HeavenTrain because the "learn about God" as one 10-year old boy excitedly told me why he loves HeavenTrain. Volunteers help children memorize Scripture verses and they may receive a prize from the treasure box. Some children default to thinking they cannot memorize but with encouragement, they are successful. Children board the HeavenTrain bus to hear a Bible lesson. Afterwards, everyone receives a lunch before heading home. Volunteers also have opportunities to pray with caregivers and the children who experience very difficult living conditions. I am humbled by the experiences I have had at HeavenTrain and we pray for more volunteers and financial support to continue the Lord's work in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland.

1 Mike C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a world like today, its great to know that good people like heaventrain still exhist! Recently, an apartment complex where i used to live caught fire at the Garden Valley apartments, and heaventrain helped rally food, clothing and other donations to help the already poor, struggling people that were displaced because of the fire. Heaventrain meets the needs of the community both spiritually AND physically through the many programs and after school activities for the children as well. I am blessed to be a part of this awesome organization; even if im more behind the scenes nowadays. Jesus once said, when you have done for the LEAST of us, you have done unto me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For over 37 years, this organization has been quietly serving the central community of cleveland ohio, offering mentoring opportunities, tutoring, basketball, and connections to some colleges. One thing that always sticks out about Heaventrain is the way they walk WITH the people; by listening to the community they are able to assess what is needed and are able to work towards getting that goal accomplished. A non-profit that has stuck with the community for so long has become like family, and this is why I nominate Heaventrain for the great non profits!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find haven't trained to be the most effective true love evangelism When the Children can be drawn in by the colors and just that call from God to get on board and when they walk inside of the heaven train bus their eyes are opening their understanding this enlightened and the love of God is poured into his word and he's going around in neighborhoods seek and save that which is lost and the Bible says we're not to suffer the children to come unto Jesus for it is like in the kingdom of God the Next Generation needs God so if you would be so kind and support the work of Heaven train they're looking for volunteers those that will give to this great work and those that would be willing to take a little time out for the children they need you continue to pray one of the most effective support that any Ministry can receive I know firsthand what having train does in the communities where no one else will travel so get on board cuz the train is coming

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served on Heaventrain a couple of years ago before moving out of Cleveland and it is such an awesome experience. Many children's lives are changed because they get to hear the good news about Christ and get a lunch after. Children and even adults get to hear about the life of Christ and about his transforming power.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the opportunity to drive the Heaven Train bus and blow the train whistle. It is exciting watching all the kids running to the meeting place to get on the bus.
I ware my engineer overalls and hat and as the kids get on the bus I get a high-five from them.

1 Sheila234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The lives of so many have been changed through the efforts of this ministry. Not only are their physical bodies filled but most importantly their spiritual bodies are filled. What a great asset to the communities impacted by them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Heaventrain perseveres where most would not dare to try. For 37 years they have been loving Children and embodying the love of Christ. That work had broken down walls and impacted many lives.

Ariel4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The perseverance and dedication HeavenTrain has for serving Cleveland is astounding! As a volunteer, I love to be a part of an organization that cares so deeply for children and families in low-income neighborhoods.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Heaventrain is a great non-profit bringing the hope of the Gospel to inner-city Cleveland for over 25 years. In addition to a bus ministry to the neighborhoods the organization does Mentoring, runs a food program and has a basketball program. The staff and volunteers are fanstatic.

Andrew E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of the drivers for the Heaven Train bus. As I drive through the neighborhoods I blow a real train whistle and the kids come running.
The kids just love the Bible stories and the teachings.
I have had many of the mothers tell how they came on the Heaven Train bus when they were little.
On a normal Saturday we get 600 to 650 kids through the bus and in December, around Christmas time, when we hand out Christmas stockings we get more than 800 kids. Their Christmas stockings are full with coloring books, crayons, toys, puzzles, hats, scarves, gloves and candy.

Something that has always impressed me is the volunteers. We have volunteers that drive an hour to get to the bus and we have volunteers that have been doing this for more than 10 years. We have volunteers that pick up food and spend all day Friday making 800 sandwiches.
It is a real blessing to be part of this team.
Thank You and God Bless
Andy Eck

1 Rob S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Heventrain probably for the last ten years, I have always enjoyed helping with Heventrain the kids always enjoy hearing the bus horn as it circles the block, I just wish I would have more time to volunteer. Heventrain is a awesome nonprofit organization all the people are kind and hard workers. Rob Stinson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Brian165

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Matthew234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!