Support homeless veterans in need
– OUR MISSION –
Our mission is to support and provide Veterans with homes (transitional, and/or permanent). Homelessness and suicides continue to plague our veteran family. We will address this aggressively with Veteran to another. The emotional wounds of our Veterans cannot heal until basic needs are met.
“We brought them home now let’s give them one!”
Raise awareness of the need to shelter Veterans.
Identify our local homeless Veterans.
Raise funding to purchase land.
We are Veterans raising money to build a tiny home community for our buddies who have fallen on hard times and become homeless Veterans. The initial plan is to purchase several acres of designated land near Fort Stewart, Georgia the home of the Third Infantry Division. We have the initial plans for 800 sq. ft. homes for single Veterans and build 1,200 sq. ft. homes for single Veterans with children. 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 community. Mental health clinic will be on sight to provide Veterans with the necessary counseling that is needed. Veteran volunteers will help with paperwork to secure earned benefits.
THE BUDDYWATCH TEAM
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. One day she felt the desire to address the needs of homeless Veterans firsthand. She knows the life of a military family as she was a part of one for 27 years. She has two sons that were deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2005. Jo has been supportive of legislation that addresses the mental health issues of the military members such as: suicide prevention and caregiver support for children of Veterans. She ultimately believes that we can solve this if we band together with a single focus of reducing homelessness and suicides of our Soldiers. 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.
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.