Jim Wells County is well on it's way of having it's 13th build with Habitat for Humanity International.

The Habitat for Humanity crew is made solely of volunteers, both local and non-local.

While all volunteers are appreciated, Jim Wells Habitat for Humanity board member Cliff Hammock said the RV Care-a-Vanners make the building process finish promptly.

RV Care-a-Vanners is a volunteer program for anyone who travels in a recreational vehicle and wants to build Habitat houses. All ages are welcome to pick up a hammer and help change lives, he said.

Most of the crew members are retired and dedicate all their time to building the home they are signed up for. More than 20 people are volunteering on the current build in Alice and park their RVs at the Jim Wells Fair Grounds.

"They want to do something that's meaningful and they don't just build, they teach," Hammock said. "If anyone wants to volunteer but doesn't know how to do something, they will show you how."

"It's hard to get local volunteers because they think we just give the homes away. We don't do that," Hammock said. "We build three to four bedroom homes for needy families that can not get approved for a home."

Hammock said about 60 to 80 applicants apply every year and only one family is selected. When a family is selected, they are part of the Habitat for Humanity family and help with the next build in any way they can, he said.

"The family does pay for the home, but the mortgage loan they pay is interest free," he said.

The crew began building the house up from what was just a slab, on March 1. In three weeks time, the house is expected to have all the exterior done and most of the interior complete expect for plumbing, electricity and inspection. After completion, the house will be dedicated to the Dominguez family on Mothers' Day.

Care-a-Vanner Pat Paris, from Sandia, Texas, said the volunteering is her way of doing good.

"It's rewarding and fun. This is our way of doing the Lord's work," she said. Paris was prepping doors for paint and focused mostly on interior.

Volunteer Brenda Guild, said the projects in Alice are the most wanted and are filled up in minutes by the volunteers.

"Everyone is so nice here. They help in anyway they can by checking on us and providing meals each day while we work," Guild said.

Bill Downs, from Austin, Minnesota, has been a volunteer for 10 years.

"I like doing this so I can give back. I've had a good life," Downs said. "Building this home is a positive change in a child's life. It's too much fun not to do it anyway."