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Jonathan R.

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Review for Heaventrain, Cleveland, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 a volunteer, as a board member, as a financial supporter. You should be excited too. You should also be involved.

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

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?


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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

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Role:  Board Member & I joined the Lighthouse Board in January 2010, and became Board Chair in January 2011.