flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

How One Veteran in Memphis Is Giving Back to Those in Need

billboard - default
Community Development

How One Veteran in Memphis Is Giving Back to Those in Need

Founder of local nonprofit Flanders Fields, Ben Owen is providing housing and addiction support to veterans

March 10, 2023
American flag on porch outside of house
Image: BublikHaus / stock.adobe.com

In Memphis, local veteran Ben Owen started Flanders Fields, a nonprofit with the goal of supporting other veterans with drug and alcohol counseling and employment and housing assistance. With an initiative called Operation Buy Back the Block, Owen is fixing up houses in high narcotic trafficking areas that will allow veterans facing addiction and homelessness to live rent-free. Those who move into the homes will also volunteer with Flanders Fields and will be provided with counseling and resources offered through the organization, ABC24 reports.

“Four years ago, is when I turned myself into a treatment center to start my recovery journey myself. Here I am four years later, being able to give it back,” said Brad Bell, Flanders Fields’ volunteer.

Bell is also a veteran. He works for A-Team Roofing who will be replacing the roof of one of the houses for free. “We’re here because we see the things that are going on and we’re putting action behind it,” said Bell. “I hope to see 20 more of me or 30 more of me or 40 more of me that have been given that second chance and know what it feels like to lead a different life and give it to someone else.”

Read more


leaderboard2 - default

Related Stories


Nashville First Responder Receives Roof Donation

Bone Dry Roofing, Owens Corning, and Minor League Baseball team Nashville Sounds join forces to provide a Nashville first responder with a brand new roof

Education + Training

Texas High School Introduces Construction Booster Club

High school trade students in Seguin, Texas, are getting tools and classroom resources with the help of a new Construction Trades Booster Club

Women in Construction

Wichita PWB Council Supports Habitat for Humanity, Workforce Development

The Professional Women in Building Council for the Wichita Area Builders Association raised over $100,000 for Wichita Habitat for Humanity and the PWB Education Fund

boombox1 -
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category

COVID-19 may be easing its grip on the U.S. after a disastrous two years, but lingering supply chain disruptions have builders holding onto their pandemic business tactics

An archive of NHQA-winning companies that represent home building's best in Total Quality Management

Don’t let the current hype about single-family B2R communities obscure the need to create long-term sustainability and asset value

native2 - default
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.