Reginald Bonnet at Chicago Northside

On October 11, 2013, I was holding on and fighting with a broken spirit. When I came back to the North Side ARC for the 17th time, the staff welcomed me. I was very embarrassed, but I knew I had one more round in me. God didn’t raise no coward soldier. I knew what was right. I had just been released from prison for the first time and I knew I didn’t ever want to go back. When I walked in the door, I felt like I had just hit the lottery. The first person I saw, John Perpechko said, “It’s good to see you, buddy.”, and I knew I was well on my way.

I’m very thankful for the Salvation Army. Since I’ve been in the A.R.C, I’ve gotten closer to God, I sing in the gospel choir, 258 Alive, I have one of the best counselors in Mr. Burgess. I’m grateful not only to him, but to Pastor Jackson, a great man of God whom I’ve known for over 20 years, Major Vogler (woof), and the best administrators I’ve ever met, Majors John and Julie Aren. 

I do believe that they are heaven-sent for me. I have gained employment from the Salvation Army as well as completing the soldier class. The Salvation Army has saved countless lives, including my own.

Thank you for saving my life,

Reginald Bonnett.