This is Allen Bonds. Before incarceration in the Warren County Jail, Allen lived in the neighborhood with his mother, Willa May. Willa May was one of our first relationships in the neighborhood and for several years now we have met with Willa May on her front porch to talk about the neighborhood, the deep struggles she's seen here, and how Jesus can rescue and change us - changing everything in our communities for His glory. As time progressed, Allen began to soften up to us and join in our conversations with Willa May.
Allen struggled with stable employment and eventually decided to commit to our Jobs for Life course at Hope House. Unfortunately, as he advanced through the course he fell into deep seeded struggles in his life, eventually dropping out.
But this year, by the grace of God, his sin was exposed and he was arrested. While in prison, Allen learned that we facilitated Jobs for Life there in the facility, and decided to apply for the class. Allen was approved for the class, and this time he had hopes of graduating.
In December, Allen graduated! He now has plans to get his restaurant cooking certification, and most importantly to begin attending our discipleship training we offer to Jobs for Life graduates. We can see our Maker is drawing Allen unto Himself.