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,