We support Veteran issues and strive to provide as many Veterans as we can with homes (transitional, and/or permanent). Homelessness and suicides continue to plague our Veteran families.
“We brought them home. Let’s give them one.”
Identify our local homeless Veterans.
Raise funding to purchase land.
Raise awareness of the need to shelter Veterans.
We are Veterans raising money to build a tiny home community in Liberty County, GA. Several acres have been located and selected. One acre has been purchased with intentions to purchase adjacent acreage as funds become available. Each acre is for sale for $25,000. We have selected a building plan for single dwelling homes.
The size of the dwelling is less important that the septic system at this point. Environmentally, we can place 10 tiny homes per acre. We have the building plans for homes 500-800 sq. ft. This is a comfortable size. After we get the initial build completed, we will focus on building some tiny homes to suit homeless Veteran families on adjacent acreage. We expect that those homes will be around 1200 square feet.
The community will be secluded, close to town, but far enough away to find peace. Each community member will play an active role in the further development and operation of the whole. A Mental Health Clinic with licensed Clinicians will be on sight to provide individual and group therapy. Veteran Volunteers will also be available to help with paperwork to secure earned benefits.
MEET THE BOARD OF BUDDYWATCH
Josephine (Jo) Coleman-Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who founded BuddyWatch, Inc. in July 2017. Jo graduated from the University of Alabama in 1997. She has worked for more than 20 years in the social services and mental health fields, mostly with Active Duty Solders, Veterans and their family members. She has long felt a desire to address the needs of homeless Veterans firsthand. She was a part of a Military family for more than 27 years. She has four children, two of which deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2005. Like many mothers, she said farewell to her children and welcomed home world weary adults. She knows what combat does to Soldiers from the perspective of a family member as well as professionally. Jo has been supportive of legislation that addresses nature of discharge and the need for mental health and medical care. She knows the consequences of hopelessness and supports Suicide Prevention Programs. She strives to highlight the contributions made by the primary Caregivers (typically husbands, wives and parents) to our nations Wounded Warriors. One cannot place a price tag on the value of their unending patience and support. Military Sexual Trauma leaves wounds that often go unspoken. She supports individuals who were recipients of this unwelcomed treatment and encourages their voices to be heard. Veteran’s children also need to be recognized for their sacrifices, as well. Frequent moves; fear for the safety of their loved one; and the fluid nature of their home have left many in a confusing place between childhood and adulthood. Jo ultimately believes that these concerns can be successfully addressed, if we band together with like mind and single focus.
Homelessness is a consequence of circumstances, nobody chooses it.
Freddie Jones is a 44-year-old retire CPT Veteran who has served 22 years in both the Marines as an enlist Marine and the Army as an Officer. I retired in 2015 after serving at Fort Bliss. I have served as the President of BuddyWatch Inc since 2018. I have a Master in Criminal Justice and recently finished my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I believe our Veterans deserve more and as the President, I will ensure that every Veteran I come in contact with will know they have someone who cares. They have protected America so now it’s our turn to protect them.
My name is John Ring, I am 40 years old and I reside in Richmond Hill, Georgia. I served in the Georgia Army National Guard as Infantryman with the 48th IBCT, Delta Company 2-121, from 2013 – 2019. I graduated OSUT in 2013 at Ft. Benning, Georgia. I also serve as the Chairman for the DPG Veterans and Military Families Caucus for the state of Georgia. I have helped Veterans all over the state of Georgia with finding resources with claims, mental health treatment, legal issues, housing, and employment. I have met with Gold Star Spouses to discuss the pay issues they are challenged with year to year. I also have a background in social media marketing, law enforcement, and being self employed. I have four children, my oldest is stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas and recently returned from his first deployment to Iraq. BuddyWatch, Inc., is exactly the type of resources our Veterans need to help them find their path again.
My name is Jennifer Dozier, I am a seasoned military spouse of 20 years who has experience working with soldiers and their families. I have served as FRG Leader for 1-21 INF Division at Schofield Barracks, HI and 3-7 INF Division at Fort Stewart, GA. I am currently pursuing a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Military Resilience. I have first hand experience with PTSD and would like for each veteran to know that someone cares and is willing to help them. When I learned about Buddywatch, I was immediately on board, because this program gives more monetary proceeds back to veterans than any other program. I am here to help make a difference in the lives of veterans.
Kiera Matlock (Vacant)
My name is Kiera Matlock. I am 29 years old and a spouse to an Active Duty Service Member currently residing in Fort Stewart, GA. I have my Bachelors degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Biomedical Diagnostics. I have been the treasurer the for Buddywatch since June 2018. My purpose for joining Buddywatch is to help Veterans in anyway I can and to reduce the number of Homeless Veterans as much as possible. I believe that Veterans need our support just as they supported us and our country.