Monday, March 12, 2007

Couple travels in motorhome to build homes

Audrey and Bernie Ussery have driven to Hope, Ark., and Plains, Ga. They visited Darlington, S.C., and even rode a lap on the speedway. They visited Vero Beach, Fla., though they missed the Los Angeles Dodgers' spring training.

They just returned from Slidell, La. Next stop: Port Townsend, Wash.

Now in their 70s, the Usserys travel to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. In the past nine years they have built 67 houses in 14 states and worn out two motor homes, but they're not quitting anytime soon.

The couple are part of Habitat's RV Care-A-Vanners, a corps of 6,000 retirees who work two-week stints at 140 building sites.

The Usserys are so involved they have served as Care-A-Van leaders on 13 builds including big ones in Saginaw, Mich., (44 RVs and 88 builders) and Stanford, Ky. (43 rigs and 86 workers).

“You've got to get 'em there and you've got to get ‘em parked,” Bernie says, with a laugh.
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