Modern Home Builder - Fall 2017 - 71
A strong work ethic is not the only value Yoder learned from his
childhood. Raised in a conservative Mennonite community, Yoder
also developed a strong faith and ethical core that he applies to his
work. "We pride ourselves on high integrity and honesty," he says,
noting this includes barring the use of profanity by employees on
The Sarasota area includes a large Mennonite population. "My
last name is very popular in this area," he says. "I get a lot of name
recognition in the community."
Yoder and his family also live out their values through their work
in the community and with charities.Yoder's wife Kay is the director of RIPPLE Africa, USA, a international nonprofit organization
that works in Malawi, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the
world. The organization's projects range from education to healthcare to preserving the environment, with the primary focus being
to provide multiple opportunities for people "to lift themselves
out of poverty by providing a hand up and not a hand out," he says.
RIPPLE Africa, USA's recent projects include building high efficient adobe cook stoves, educational scholarships and fishing conservation programs, he says.
Yoder Homes' owner and employees live out their values through their work with charities.
Established in 2003, the organization today has more than 2,000
people working on projects. "However, despite our significant
achievements and ambitious scope, RIPPLE Africa is still small
enough that we remain home-grown and grassroots based, and it is
our intention to keep it that way," the charity says. )
Fall 2017 www.mhb-magazine.com