My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Heaventrain, Cleveland, OH, USA
I was first introduced to Heaventrain/ Lighthouse Inc 23 years ago. What I saw and experienced so gripped me that I have been involved with the organization for 23 years. I believe that in itself should communicate how deeply I believe in what Heaventrain is about.
First, allow me to speak to the leadership and staff. Without exception they are some of the most devoted, hardworking, and empowering leaders I have ever encountered. Not only is this model effective in Cleveland's Central projects, it has been transfered literally around the globe. The reason for the success in transfering the model to other communities and cultures is simple: it is the organic growth that stems from a team of leaders who have poured their lives into what they do. I personally have been the recipient of their empowering philosophy and I can tell you the difference it has made for me in my profession. It has been said that we never rise above our level of leadership. If that is true, the sky is the limit for Heaventrain/ Lighthouse Inc. They have been blessed with extraordinary leaders.
Secondly, I would like to speak to the service they provide to the community. So, what is the big deal? Does what they do make any lasting difference or is it a small drop in the bucket? After serving with Lighthouse for 23 years, I can honestly say the difference I have seen has been significant -- so significant that one could accurately call it transformational. When community leaders attribute a decrease in violent crime directly to the efforts of an organization, that is transformation. When a mother of three children in Cleveland's Central Projects has a glimmer of hope in her eyes at Christmas, that is transformation. When the hungry are fed, that is transformation. When children have new coats for the first time in their life, that is transformation. When neighbors who used to hate each other begin to serve one another, that is transformation. When gang members serve as the security detail of a non profit organization, that is transformation. All of these are daily occurences for Lighthouse.
I take great pride in being associated with Lighthouse Inc. They are the real deal in a world where the real deal can be hard to find.
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