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BOSS volunteers time, hard work to local church

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December 16, 2010 | Leisure
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Fort Hood Soldiers discuss floor work that needs to be accomplished with Pastor Steve Chae (center) at the Jesus Hope and Love Mission Church in Killeen Nov. 24. Pfc. Christopher A. Calvert, 13th PAD
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Dust kicks up as a Soldier strips old flooring of the Jesus Hope and Love Mission Church in Killeen. Fort Hood’s BOSS program has partnered with the mission to help members of the community. Pfc. Christopher A. Calvert, 13th PAD
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Members of the Fort Hood BOSS program strip the floor Nov. 24 at the Jesus Hope and Love Mission Church in Killeen, upholding community service, one of the pillars of the BOSS program. Pfc. Christopher A. Calvert, 13th PAD
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Covered in dust, a Fort Hood Soldier with the BOSS program smiles Nov. 24 during renovation work at a local church. Pfc. Christopher A. Calvert, 13th PAD
Soldiers play a vital role in the greater Fort Hood area. They give back to the community by volunteering their time and services to help those in need. Thanks to the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, a Killeen pastor will get to see the dream he’s had for more than a decade come true.

BOSS volunteers participated in community service Nov. 24 by removing old flooring to help improve the Jesus Hope and Love Mission Church.

In 1994, when he was a missionary in Mexico, Steve Chae began working on his dream to establish a church.

After moving to Killeen in 2008, Chae became an ordained pastor.

With the help of the BOSS program, Chae said, he is accomplishing what he’s wanted to do for over a decade – establish a church to help those in the local community who are in need.

“The church is not a big organization and we don’t have a lot of funds, so BOSS helping us is great,” Chae said. “Without their help, I would have never been able to create this organization and fulfill my dream.

“The main purpose of the church is to reach out and give second chances to those who have fallen on hard times,” Chae said. “Every day the door’s open to those needing help. We are together as a community, as one. We need to show love to everyone out there who needs it.”

With the help of BOSS volunteers, the church will grow to become a second home for many people, and a place for the unemployed to gain essential skills to help them find jobs, Chae said.

“People can come in and share experiences and skills,” Chae said. “Soldiers can come in and explain what it is they do, and why it is so essential to make the sacrifices that they make. We are also going to do our best to teach skills that will benefit those that are unemployed. Eventually we want to start an afterschool program for those kids who need additional tutoring in subjects like math and English.”

Specialist Ryan Konewko, BOSS president, volunteered during the event and said that the community service BOSS is providing to the local community is essential.

“Community service is one of our three pillars of BOSS,” Konewko said. “The pillars provide a basis for which Soldiers can improve themselves. Upon that basis, they can build something greater than themselves by engaging in activities like this that are designed to not only improve the community around us, but to also improve ourselves.”

BOSS’ three pillars embrace quality of life, recreation and leisure and community service. The renovations performed at the Jesus Hope and Love Mission Church were a perfect example of community service, Konewko said.

BOSS often elects to participate in community programs or projects which make a difference in the lives of others, the community, and their own lives. BOSS members have volunteered to take part in Big Brother/Big Sister, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity.

Some BOSS councils have also developed programs which include sending packages to deployed Soldiers and BOSS Against Drunk Drivers (BADD).

In helping the surrounding community, Konewko said, BOSS is doing its part in playing an active role in the greater Fort Hood area.

“The military community outside of Fort Hood is always giving,” Konewko said. “They go out of their way to make the Army life better for us, so there’s no reason we shouldn’t give back.”

As the BOSS volunteers added their final touches to the removed flooring, Spc. Janna Myles, Rear Detachment, Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, said helping remodel the church is an experience that she will never forget.

“It makes me feel good to perform community service like this, as it really feels like I’ve contributed to something that will build hope,” Myles said. “I think it was a brilliant idea for BOSS to get involved with this project, as this church will be able to help someone’s life for the better.”
 
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