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Bryan O.

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Review for Heaventrain, Cleveland, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Every once in a while you come across an organization that inspires you to dream big. Heaventrain is one of those organizations. They faithfully leverage resources for a transformational movement that benefits Cleveland children and youth, primarily in the Central neighborhood.

I have been involved with Heaventrain directly/indirectly and over the past 15 years and it has inspired me to find my own expression of community engagement that makes a difference in the lives of Cleveland children and youth.

Get to know Heaventrain and spend some time with them. I guarantee you will walk away inspired anew when you see their work first-hand and experience the relationships that have been forged - the desired fruit of their labor.

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Heaventrain, Cleveland, OH, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I have had the joy of watching Lighthouse make a significant and lasting impact in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood over the last 6 years. In this time, I have had the opportunity to witness their ability to transform individual lives (both young and old), families, and their community in effective and sustained ways. I have personally experienced the effectiveness of this ministry in several ways.

First, I have been involved with Lighthouse’s Heaventrain on several different occasions. On Heaventrain I have seen hope extended to those that have seemingly lost all hope. Food extended to those that are hungry, and toys given to those who would receive little else. Additionally, Heaventrain has provided opportunities of engagement for those who are unfamiliar with the urban dynamic. In this way people’s eyes have been opened, giving them a passion and drive to see lives and neighborhoods transformed.

Second, I have experienced Lighthouse’s food distribution on several occasions as well. On a regular basis they have been able to leverage thousands of pounds of food and deliver it to those in need. Supplying the Central Neighborhood Projects, Lighthouse has been able to get food to thousands of people.

Third, I have experienced Lighthouse as it has sought to transforms neighborhoods by securing and renovating property, helping people move into neighborhoods by providing affordable or free housing. In this way more and more people are able to give their lives to citywide transformation. This endeavor also contains the seeds of Lighthouse’s dream of becoming a self-sustaining ministry.

In the time that I have known Lighthouse I have come to see that this ministry has big vision. Not only do they have big vision, but they have the drive and passion to see that it is fulfilled. I can think of no better organization for any individual to give of their time and resources.

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Role:  Volunteer