Tender Love & Care Farm

 Veterans Outreach and Farm

What We Do

Tender Love & Care Home for The Homeless, Inc. is a 501(c3) non-profit charitable organization founded in 1991 by Retired Sergeant First Class Jean Keel. She started this as a grass-roots community advocacy effort in response to the increasing issue of underserved homeless veterans in the Georgia and the Alabama region.

Therapeutic Farming

A place for healing  for our homeless veterans who are wounded or suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veterans Assistance

The primary goal of our outreach program is to help veterans to take advantage of available opportunities and assistance.

Transitional Housing

Tender Love & Care Farm has provided transitional housing for homeless veterans in Columbus Georgia for over eight years.

Jean Keel Story

Dr Jean Keel enlisted in the Army as a WAC Women’s Army Corps Enlistee during the Vietnam Era. She has over 20 years military service as Sergeant First Class. Her experience includes Vietnam War Emergency Room Supervisor at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning Georgia.

She was one of the first African American Drill Sergeants. In 2019, she earned a degree in Psychology at the University.

In 2015 she founded Tender Love & Care Outreach, Inc 501 (c3) non-profit organization serving homeless veterans in Phenix City, Alabama. The organization’s focus is to assist homeless veterans to file claims with the Veterans Administration.

Dr Jean Keel is a recognized as an Entrepreneur, Business Manager, and Spiritual Leader. As an entrepreneur she spent thousands of dollars of her own resources to purchase five and half acres of land to build a therapeutic facility for female Veterans.

Rev Dr. Keel has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture with the focus on conservation and healing. She has recognized Vietnam veterans, widows and orphans in Columbus, Georgia; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Phenix City, Alabama. She has provided permanent housing and sustainability for homeless male and female veterans. The purpose is to provide a place for healing wounded veterans with moral injury, PTSD, military sexual trauma.

Over the years she has developed a model and strategy for veterans to transition from homeless to a marketplace and holistic environment, healing farm.

To achieve her organization’s mission, Dr Keel would like to partner with other organizations to help veterans. In 2016 she was assigned Pastor of White Chapel CME Church, Wadley, Alabama Southeast Alabama 5th Episcopal District of CME Church.

  • In 2017 she received a Doctoral Degree of Advocacy in recognition of contributions to the church and community.
  • In 2019 she received the Remarkable Womens Award recipient WRBL and Nexstar.
  • In 2020 she was the Grand Winner of the Remarkable Womens Award.
  • She has served as Congressional Caucus Veterans Brain Trust Remarkable Woman of the Year Award in Washington D C.

Our History

The Jean Keel Story

Coming Soon – Tiny Home Project

December 29, 2023

Coming Soon – Tiny Home Project

In Dec 29, 2023, we will launch the Tiny Home Project, for our homeless women veterans experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and military sexual trauma.

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October 6, 2022


Visit from United States Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation services. Planning for Conservation Reserve Program for the wildlife and habitat on the unused land.

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High Tunnel Houses Built

August 1, 2021

High Tunnel Houses Built

The tunnel houses will increase revenue by allowing crops to be planted all year round.

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Veterans Farm Day Open House

November 1, 2020

Veterans Farm Day Open House

Introduction to the visitors for our open house on Veterans Farm Day. Guest from various farms supporting our veterans and USDA and Mid-South RC&D of Alabama. Great networking opportunities.

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Building Renovation

October 1, 2019

Building Renovation

Renovation of our building to be used as a tiny house for two women veterans that are homeless and experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and military sexual trauma.

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Our Produce


Visit our farm for fresh tomatoes picked daily.


Visit our farm for fresh cabbage picked daily.


Visit our farm for fresh watermelon picked daily.

Sweet Potatoes

Visit our farm for fresh sweet potatoes picked daily.

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Veterans Program

 Veterans Outreach and Farm

Tender Love & Care Veterans Outreach established services to prevent homelessness, by providing a means to obtaining benefits and compensation for veterans, widows, and orphans of deceased veterans. Our goal is to reduce the number of homeless veterans living on the streets without benefits.

Therapeutic Farming

 Our Therapeutic Farm is a safe place for healing for homeless and wounded veterans. This includes veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. Our farm project will consist of twenty tiny houses for homeless women veterans.

The farm will produce vegetables to sell at farmers markets in various locations.  The project will have on-site training for life-skills, culinary for healthy lifestyles, a resale store, beginning farming and business infrastructure development.

Transitional Housing

Tender Love & Care Farm has provided transitional housing for the homeless veterans for over eight years in Columbus, Georgia. (1990-1999). In 1996, Congressman Sanford Bishop and Congresswoman Corrine Brown recognized Tender Love & Care with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for their outstanding achievement as the Georgia Best Transitional Housing Program.

Benefit Consulting

The primary goal of the Tender Love & Care veterans outreach program is to provide unsheltered and disenfranchised veterans and their families. The objective is to provide positive solutions to ensure their safety and maximize their potential, all while taking advantage of available opportunities.

In addition, community resource information is provided to assist veterans with the transition from homeless to self-sufficiency. The goal is to reduce and help eradicate veteran homelessness in the tri-city area and ultimately in America.


Ths is an excelllent program to support our veterans.

A a veteran and former farrmer, I really appreciate the work Jean is doing to support fellow veterans.

Michael E. Moore

Outreach Coach

Great iniatiative to support veterans

I commend Jean for her work to assist homeless veterans . I look forwad to future program development,

Mel Dowdell

Internet Consultant

Great variety of fresh vegetable!

I get a great value when I shop for fresh vegetable for my restaurant. Keep up the good work!.

Jeanine Flannery

Restaurant Owner

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662 Lee Road 348, Salem, Alabama 36874


(706) 505-5186


(334) 408-5058