Greg Janson called his mother Joanne almost as soon as he returned from the 1997 Jimmy Carter Work Project in Kentucky. "Whatever lunch plans you have," he told her, "cancel them, I've gotta have lunch with you today."

"He was about this high off the ground," says Joanne, holding a hand up at shoulder level. Next Jimmy Carter Work Project, he said, "you have got to come with me."

Joanne accepted, and she is here in Houston this week coordinating the recycling for one end of the Magnolia Park build site. "She's a trooper," says her son.

A Certified Public Accountant by profession, Greg learned his carpentry skills as a child by assisting his father. "My dad pretty much rebuilt our whole house... I was the gopher." This year, Greg is a crew leader for one of the houses being built, but his knowledge is still growing as he volunteers on Habitat build sites. "I learn 100 little things out here every year," he says.

His mother is already looking forward to the 1999 Jimmy Carter Work Project, and pondering the idea of selling the quilts she makes to raise money for the trip. "I've got to figure out how to get to the Philippines next year," she says.

Other Stories from the 1998 JCWP
JCWP Homeowners:
Olga Martinez

"I really want a house," Martinez told herself. "Not just for me, but for my kids."

More stories:
John and Belvin Richard
Nancy Rosas
Betty and Seff Polk
Wade and Shalina Gibson
JCWP Volunteers:
First Ladies for Habitat

"People do their best work when they come together," says Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee.

More stories:
Eunita Shields
Campus Chapters
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
JCWP Behind the Scenes:
Security volunteers

Who are those volunteers wearing the yellow "caution" tape? And what do they do?

More stories:
The Green Team
First Aid
Food Service
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