The Habitat Story: Core Crew

The Eyewitness News House is coming together on schedule in the Jacobsville neighborhood of Evansville despite rainy weather. The walls are now up on the home, and it wouldn't be possible without a small set of people.

 

The Core Crew is what really puts a house together for Habitat For Humanity. Literally. The volunteers are the ones leading the projects and they need help. 

 

"We're in the process of building about 25 houses a year to meet our goal of the 500th house by the end of next year. We definitely need more Core Crew," said Dick Yeager.

 

Yeager has been on the Habitat Evansville Core Crew for nearly a decade. Building house after house, all for no pay. In the process, he's gained something more.

 

"The people that came together when my wife died, and supported me, is one of the things that I remember. That really isn't Habitat, it's the Habitat people," said Yeager

 

Yeager is a former chemist, now turned home builder. He's like a lot of Core Crew members. 

 

"There is only one person on the Core Crew that has any kind of construction experience."

 

The crew of 15 or 20 raised spent much of their day raising the walls at the Eyewitness News House. A big step forward in the build.

 

"Seeing those walls being raised, is really a key point of when that house is becoming a home. You can see it being built. You know that one of our homeowners is going to have a place where they are going to have a stable life and they're going to save money," explained Habitat Communications Director Mariah Bradley

 

According to Habitat For Humanity, if a little more than a dozen new people joined the Core Crew, they could be building two houses instead of one at a time, meaning more families in more homes.

 

Both men and women can be members of the Core Crew, but one special house is being constructed with solely girl power. Their story is next week.


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