In 2013, Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity marked the 30th anniversary of offering a hand up, not a hand out, for families in Montgomery County! Families apply to earn a home of their own. Once accepted into the program, qualifying “partner families” work alongside many volunteers to build or rehab their home. Each adult in the family contributes at least 275 hours of “sweat equity,” as well as completing homeowner education classes. The family then makes a down payment, and purchases the home with an affordable, interest free mortgage. Mortgage payments from partner families are used to build future homes. Other funding sources include revenue from the ReStore, corporate and church sponsorships, individual donations, government and foundation grants, and fundraising events. The ReStore is a discount retail store that sells building materials and home improvement products to the general public. Items for sale have been donated by individuals, businesses, and local and national contractors. All donations are tax deductible. Customers save at least 66% off normal retail prices! Many products are recycled, keeping them out of the local landfills. This Dayton Original offers a hand up to contribute to improving the lives of families from many different walks of life!