Stephanie Novacek is director of development for Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity does not build houses forfamilies; rather, it builds alongsidethose who demonstrate need and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Homeowner families invest hundreds of hours of their own “sweat equity” labor into the houses. Through this approach, Habitat for Humanity gives partner families a hand up restoring the hope and dignity that poverty can strip away. For more information, visit www.lincolnhabitat.org.