By Elizabeth Willoughby on
Encouraged and motivated from her previous Habitat experiences building walls in New Orleans, protective structures in Mississippi and putting up siding in California, she gathered her mother, sister and niece together to spend Mother’s Day building in Georgia for National Women Build Week, the 10-year-old project of Habitat For Humanity.
The week of May 2 to 10 saw 200 crews of women building in Oklahoma and Atlanta. Habitat For Humanity has built over 300,000 homes in America over the past 30 years, and women have provided the muscle for about 1,400 of them.
“I’ve always wanted to do something that is hands-on,” said Yearwood, answering questions in USA TODAY. “Habitat was always one of those things. It’s a physical labor project, yes – you’re very tired at the end of the day. But you feel like you’ve really done something.”
She also likes the personal aspect of working alongside the person whose house you’re building: “You almost feel guilty because you feel like you get more out of it than the people getting the house. I love that they say that they give a hand up, not a handout.”
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