Mason County Habitat for Humanity is introducing a new program to help low income families in Mason and Mason County who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes, allowing them to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity.Habitat President Paul Branch stated, “While this community has been a great supporter of the Habitat program, we only have the manpower and resources to build one new home a year. This new program will allow us to expand our mission to a greater number of families and also allow more volunteers to participate in this worthy endeavor.”Mason County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) will work with other civic organizations and churches to identify those families, who because of age, limited income or physical limitations, are unable to maintain the exterior of their homes. The work will be limited to the exterior and include such projects as painting, caulking windows, repairing steps or porch boards, etc.While it is not a requirement for receiving assistance, if the partner family is financially able to assist in defraying some of the cost for the purchase of the paint and supplies, a small fee will be charged.Mr. Branch stated that the paint has been ordered and the first steps in identifying the partner families has begun. A specific date for the first workday will be set soon.If you would like to volunteer your time to help MCHFH provide families in Mason a “hand up, not a hand out,” please call MCHFH at 347-9591. Further announcements will be made in this paper when work days have been identified.