“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”
If you have lived in Boerne for a good amount of time, you have more than likely heard of the military ministry, Angels All Around You. They are a Christian based ministry that focuses on helping out our veterans and home town heroes and their families, which ranges from anything from being a listening ear to those just coming home from deployment, or helping find housing for those in need. “Our prayer support group is the main place to share fears, tears, pride and joy…. Jesus is the bridge to healing. We wan to be the hands and feet of Christ by asking how can we come alongside and serve those who serve us?”
Angels All Around You was co-founded by Colleen Voigt and Shelly Coy in March of 2011, two mothers who were needing support as their sons joined the military. Shelly’s sons had already been deployed, while Colleen’s were getting ready to be. She approached Shelly looking for a battle buddy, and prayer warrior. As any military family knows, it can be a lonely hard road to walk alone, and having someone to talk with and lean into can be life saving as it was for these two women. Angels All Around You just celebrated their eight birthday, and they have come a long way from their humble beginnings.
Not only did I get the chance to talk with Colleen about all the wonderful things the organization has done and what the future is looking like, I was also able to sit down with Terry Brower the Secretary and Treasurer for the ministry, who is also the amazing person who helped get their 501c3 non profit application filed, and it is in the final stages of approval. Receiving their 501c3 status will help the ministry immensely. It will help them be able to apply for certain grants from different foundations in the area. Terry’s husband Chuck Brower, who is the Public Affairs Officer joined us as well. Chuck is also a member of the Boerne American Legion Post 313. Angels All Around you donated a check for their startup after their disbandment, and thanks to their generous donation the Legion was able to hold their first meeting this past January.
AAAU has around 10-15 volunteers that work diligently with the organization to help it run smoothly. Not only are Chuck and Terry involved along with their daughter Nicole Meyer who helps at many of the events around town, Joyce Knox helps keep the trees in Veteran’s Park wrapped in yellow ribbons. Helen Wenzel is their prayer group leader, and Liz Porter is their liaison for the Hill Country Daily Bread, another wonderful non profit in our area.
Not only does AAAU help military families in the area with many financial blessings they offer prayer support. “Our main criteria is we will always remain faith based, that is why we have chosen to partner with the YMCA and start having our prayer support meetings.” These meetings, which are the first Thursday of every month, first started at the First Baptist Church in Boerne, when Colleen approached them about the idea of starting a military ministry. They then moved to the Rainbow Senior Center at the Kronkosky Place, which is where they held their support groups for the last 5 years. Starting May 2nd, AAAU will be meeting at the YMCA at 6:00 P.M. “We want to encourage the warriors to not only be spiritually fit, but to be physically fit as well. 10% of the members at the Y are veterans.” There will be a room with resources for the veterans, including prayer books. Eventually they hope to have their own building in Boerne, the At Ease Service Center, which would provide a community type atmosphere for warrior families, but until then they will offer their services by partnering with other local organizations. AAAU has also partnered with Hope for the Homeless, which is a nonprofit that comes along beside the homeless, and Angels All Around You is currently helping three of our homeless veterans that currently reside in Boerne. By pairing with this organization, they have been able to help these warriors in different capacities.
There are many different ways that we as a community can support this amazing organization that goes above and beyond for our warriors. Every second Saturday there is a Veterans mixer at the Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club at 4:00 P.M. The Boerne Vintage Market Days has picked Angels All Around You as their chosen nonprofit to support for their next event May 3rd – 5th, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards their ministry. For those people who are health-oriented Alamo Hospice and Visiting Angels are hosting a 5K that will benefit AAAU coming this fall. I urge you to do what you can to support our local nonprofits, especially those that contribute to the heroes in our community. If you have been wondering where to start, I hope this article has provided you with some insight.