Meet Our Volunteers

Each and every volunteer is a vital part of our mission

Ralph Bower

Ralph joined the construction team in 2005, after a friend from the crew recommended Habitat to him. For the last nine years, he has been a regular volunteer, building homes and helping with the Brush with Kindness program. Ralph is a retired machinist who has made many products, including parts for the space shuttle, and is very skilled in his work at Habitat.

Mary Barber

Mary Barber joined us seven years ago, after she retired. Not only does she enjoy working at the building sites, but she also joins us at events, such as Women Build and Collegiate Challenge, where she amazes everyone with her skills. Mary grew up on a farm, and has always been involved in all kinds of construction. She really enjoys building, and says volunteering keeps her out of trouble!


Bob Perry

Bob has been volunteering with Habitat for 25 years. He is a retired pilot for Delta airlines, and works with us most days. He enjoys construction and has learned a great deal through Habitat, and loves being around the team of ’good guys’.

Bob McManus

Bob chooses to volunteer in construction to keep busy. He enjoys meeting good people, and being involved in a great organization. He is also involved in church ministry, and is a volunteer kayak guide. He is in his 9th year at Habitat, works very regularly, and also plays golf and goes to the gym. Bob is on the Habitat golf tournament committee and plays an integral part in getting donations, signage, and setting up the event.

Tom Draus

Tom has worked with Habitat for 8 years, since going part time at NASA, and chooses to volunteer here” to learn new things and learn to do them right.” He uses these skills to work on his own home projects. He finds great enjoyment in volunteering to build homes, and is often found helping new volunteers. He loves to help with Women Build and Collegiate Challenge.

Susanne Jones

Susie has been a volunteer at Habitat for over 1o years, and loves the good company at the job site. She is willing to undertake any task, and is often seen painting. She wants to contribute to the community as a volunteer, and loves to do physical work. Apart from helping build houses she is an avid kayaker and cyclist, and is on the Family Selection committee.


Bill Albright

Bill has completed over 5 years . of volunteering at Habitat, and works at the build when he can. His daughter is a recipient family partner and he began by working sweat equity hours for her and decided to continue with us permanently. Habitat makes him ’feel like somebody’; like he is doing something worthwhile as well as fun. Bill is a 24 yr. veteran of the Kennedy Space Center, where he worked as a quality inspector.

Frank Aquilon

Frank has been a volunteer in construction for over 5 years, and has helped build many houses. He is a retired fire fighter who enjoys physical, practical work. He loves working at Habitat for the variety of experiences. ‘I’m handy, but not a builder’ he says, so he is constantly learning, and is very impressed by the Habitat mission and our goals, and very supportive.

Bart Duerr

Bart is retired and a very active who loves to exercise. He stays very fit by working our construction and going to the gym. He has volunteered with Habitat for 7 years, and says he’s here to help in every way he can. These days he can more often be seen volunteering in the Barn at the Habitat Re-Store.


Gil Juarez

Gil is a very active and skilled volunteer at Habitat. He has worked in construction all 3 days since joining us in 2005, and has helped build well over 85 homes! Gil also works with the Brush with Kindness program. In addition, he volunteers with Safe Seniors, and during the school year with special needs children. He is a retired instructor of Industrial Education, was a school administrator and involved in curriculum development. Gil is a veteran of the Navy, Air Force and National Guard. Sadly, Gil is moving permanently to Colorado to be with his family in Sept. 2019.

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Coralie Gilson, Outreach Coordinator,