Through Reboot Recovery, more than 10,000 people have been helped in their recovery from trauma. At Reboot, people are introduced to “the redemptive heart of God,” through healing courses and online community. Safe, private, peer-led and outcome-driven, the Trauma Reboot, Reboot Combat Recovery and First Responders programs provide a unique blend of clinical insight and faith-based support.
Although the programs are geared toward military personnel and first responders, no one is immune to the damage and pain caused by grievous events, so Reboot’s in-person and online programs are open and available for all. Reboot helps hurting people break free from the pain of past experiences, and find renewed purpose and strength. With nearly 300 course locations, spanning 34 states and seven countries, Reboot Recovery is the largest peer-led trauma healing program in the world. And, the good news is, the program’s participants say it works. One participant shared: “The hospital fixed my body, but Reboot fixed my soul. Reboot sought out and rescued the man I once was.”
Founded by a husband and wife team, Evan and Dr. Jenny Owens, Reboot began in 2011, with the first meeting in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After years of local growth, they launched the Combat Recovery program, with a program for first responders following soon after.
According to the World Health Organization, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, with an even higher concentration of cases in the military community. Trauma may be spreading, but, with Reboot, so is hope! The nonprofit meets this growing problem head-on, with a groundbreaking 12-week trauma healing course.
“For me, Reboot has been a great experience. It is refreshing to be in the company of some great people who have really taught me a lot on how to use the terrible things I’ve experienced in ways to help others, and get past those lingering after effects. I was looking for a program like this for a long time. I was so glad when I found it,” said Josh Goetze, an 18-year military/law enforcement veteran.
“After reviewing the Reboot material, I was highly impressed with how well it was presented. It was the perfect blend of psychology and spirituality,” Reboot leader Dale Jennings said.
Reboot courses are led by people who understand. Sgt. George Rose of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office serves as a law enforcement chaplain and leads the Reboot First Responders Class in Cherokee, along with his partner, Cpl. Josh Watkins.
“I have been part of the Reboot program for about four years, teaching it first through Cherokee County, before partnering with Revolution Church in Canton,” Watkins said. “It’s truly been a wonderful experience for me. I would encourage anyone wanting to continue the brotherhood that the military is known for to come check it out.”
The next Reboot course, co-taught by Rose and Watkins, begins March 7. The course meets every Monday night at 6 p.m., for 13 weeks (a 12-week course, with the 13th week spent celebrating graduation). Classes will be held in the Shaw Woodard Firearms Training Complex, 375 Chattin Drive, in Canton. “I would like to open the invitation to any military veterans who would be interested in attending,” Rose said. Those interested in registering should email Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org or Watkins at email@example.com.
For more information, and a full list of course locations, visit https://rebootrecovery.com.
– Susan Schulz is a Bible teacher and mentor who lives and plays on the Etowah River in Canton. Connect with her on social media or at susanbrowningschulz.com.