Habitat for Humanity has made the dream of home ownership a reality for more than 300,000 people around the world.

Locally, the Jefferson County chapter will hand over the keys to a new home on Marine Street in Hanover to the Mack family on Sunday.

Habitat for Humanity provides a wonderful opportunity for those who cannot afford a home on their own. But make no mistake, Habitat doesn't just turn over the keys.

Selected families are expected to work on the building project - at least 250 hours per adult. And to be selected, the family must be able to take on an interest-free mortgage provided by Habitat. The mortgage payments go toward building the next Habitat house.

As the local chapter grows, its needs also grow. Habitat creates additional revenue with a retail store on Lanier Drive where some real bargains can be found.

Habitat for Humanity has a proven track record. We wish the Mack family the best in their new home.