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New life path found at Reasons of Hope
by Christina Rowland
Nov 09, 2012 | 1774 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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 Bonnie Arnold, 19, came to Reasons of Hope four months pregnant and struggling to stay sober. Today, Bonnie is sober and  the mother of a beautiful baby boy. She has a renewed relationship with God and a new outlook on life.
Christina Rowland photo Bonnie Arnold, 19, came to Reasons of Hope four months pregnant and struggling to stay sober. Today, Bonnie is sober and the mother of a beautiful baby boy. She has a renewed relationship with God and a new outlook on life.
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At 18, Bonnie Arnold was living in a tent behind a train depot in California.

On Feb. 20, 2011, she found out she was pregnant and made a conscious effort to get clean.

She told her boyfriend about the pregnancy and desire to be sober.

Five days later, when she refused to get high with him, he beat her within an inch of her life.

She spent five days in the hospital before she was discharged.

She tried to get into a rehab program but was denied due to the pregnancy.

Pregnant with nowhere to go and no support system, Bonnie relapsed. She OD’d but was brought back and again ended up in a hospital.

After that, she found herself on a bus back to Texas, from where she was originally.

She ended up in a restitution center in San Antonio where she felt she just didn’t fit in.

She placed a desperate plea on Facebook for a Christian place to stay where she could go being pregnant.

Her plea was answered by a woman who worked at Grace House. While Grace House wasn’t able to take a pregnant recovering drug addict, the people were able find someone who would take her.

Bonnie met the Knowltons at a lunch at Grace House and, few days later, found herself in a car with them headed south to a place she had never heard of called Beeville.

Bonnie came to Reasons of Hope in May 2011, four months pregnant, looking for a new start.

“I just lost my focus on God and focused on a guy instead,” she said.

Bonnie was adopted as a baby and raised in a Christian home in Fredericksburg, but as she got older, she had grown away from her parents and her values.

Once at Reasons of Hope, she said, she was able to re-establish a relationship with her mom and God.

There have been ups and downs for her while at Reasons of Hope.

“The hardest part about the process is not looking back,” Bonnie said.

To help her not look back, the Knowltons enforced the most disliked rule in the house, no cellphone, Facebook or Internet for the first 30 days.

Speaking with family was always permitted but only on the house phone or Karen’s cell phone.

“I am grateful now that I didn’t have a phone,” Bonnie said.

Bonnie came to Reasons of Hope needing to heal both physically and mentally.

“When we are born, God has a plan for us,” Karen Knowlton said. “When she repented He was right there and took her step by step.”

Bonnie said getting back on track with God allowed Him to put everything in her life back on track.

She was classified as a high-risk pregnancy and was on a number of medications for her own ADHD and bipolar disorder.

Since coming here, she has overcome those problems. She took her first online college class, passing with an 88, without relying on her medication.

She learned you don’t have to yell to make a point about something, and she also gave birth to a healthy baby boy, David James Arnold, on Oct. 20.

Today, at 19, Bonnie is like a whole new person.

“Without faith, I couldn’t have done it,” she said. “I have to stay in the Word.”

While Bonnie doesn’t know how long she will stay at Reasons of Hope she has no plans to leave Beeville.

She has friends and a family in the Knowltons.

She hopes to be able to go back to school at some point.

She wants to be a counselor and feels like she can help people in situations that are similar to her own because she has been there and overcome the adversity.
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