HeavenUp.com Launches With Charitable Donation And Installation Of The L.A. Dream Center's First Technology Lab
Christian Social Media Site Designed to Unite Christians Everywhere
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, HeavenUp.com, a new faith-based social networking website, launches to the public. The website is gaining early support from numerous national and international organizations, churches and influential ministries, in addition to music labels and artists such as MercyMe, The Afters, Phillips, Craig & Dean and more. The unique site has also already received endorsements by The Dove Foundation and support from LeSea Broadcasting and iTickets.com. Through this social network, like-minded men and women over the age of 13 can engage in open conversation about their faith, be encouraged, uplifted and grow in their relationship with each other and God.
The website provides never before connected elements of a social media network including video sharing, streaming music and a HeavenUp store. In addition to having personal pages and uploading photos, HeavenUp.com is a "virtual fellowship" where users can connect and build relationships with Christian groups, friends, bands, churches, charities, radio stations, TV stations and more. Users can create profiles, share thoughts, insights, music, videos, photos, status updates, blogs and bulletins. A unique addition to the site is the Prayfit Daily Devotional provided by Jimmy Pena, best-selling author, exercise physiologist and founder of Prayfit.com. Unlike other sites, HeavenUp.com provides a safe environment for Christian users, while also being a comfortable place for anyone seeking faith.
"To enhance the user's experience, we have created HeavenUp.com to be the most comprehensive, feature-rich social site possible, using the latest technology platform," says HeavenUp.com Founder and CEO Chris Burkhart. "But beyond the top level technical features, we have dedicated the site to God and we are committed to providing Christians the best social site that exists. The purpose of HeavenUp.com is to not just unite Christians, but to also live out the Gospel message by giving to others and showing compassion to those around us all."
Working alongside Burkhart is Andy Huddleston, a 35-year entrepreneur veteran who will be serving as the Chief Communications Officer at HeavenUp. He is the author of, "White Knuckle Faith" and has been serving with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for the past 35 years.
Exemplifying its mission, HeavenUp.com is donating the first ever computer lab to the Los Angeles-based Dream Center www.dreamcenter.org, a volunteer driven organization that currently serves the various needs of over 40,000 people each month. The initial offering by HeavenUp.com of computers and equipment has been provided to the center's family floor, where children and parents who are working to get "back up on their feet," through crucial transition periods in their lives, can complete schoolwork and are given a quiet place to study and/or connect with family and friends to pursue new life opportunities online. The room has been uniquely designed and is utilized daily by people who would not otherwise have the chance to access a computer as a tool to help pursue their dreams and goals in life. HeavenUp.com will serve as the online community hub for the Dream Center and each computer will be optimized and monitored for appropriate content and access.
"The Dream Center is forever grateful for the generous donation provided by HeavenUp," says Danny Slavens Jr, PR Director of the Dream Center. "This computer lab is such an answered prayer for us. We have so many parents and children who are in need of a computer to assist in their academics, search for jobs, homes and more. Now with the help of HeavenUp our residents can continue to press forward in their future."
In honor of the website launch, starting today, Phillips, Craig & Dean will be giving away copies of its latest album Breathe In (Fair Trade Services), which features the group's hit single, "When The Stars Burn Down," to ten winners selected at random who sign up at HeavenUp.com and like their page heavenup.com/bands/phillipscraiganddean. The giveaway will draw to a close on May 8. HeavenUp will continue to host CD giveaways throughout the year.
For further information and to become a registered member on the new social media website, please log on to www.heavenup.com.
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