"And to see -- what I would say were grown men, grizzled workers, calloused hands, break down crying when they talk about what habitat means, holy cow, that's impactful."
Bob Coverdill was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1956, shortly before moving to Beecher, Illinois where he grew up. After a free-spirited childhood and enjoyable education, he entered the Air Force in 1947, much to the dismay of his family. However, after a year on the reserves he left the Air Force to attend Prairie State College, before eventually transferring to the University of Illinois where he graduated in 1983. 21 years later Bob’s son Drew, who was attending Uni High, traveled to the Mississippi Delta for a Habitat for Humanity trip. The trip inspired Drew and his friends, and they returned the same summer with Bob as their chaperone. After his experience in the Delta, Bob continues to chaperone trips there and help the community.