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Habitat Denton County announce groundbreaking for next single-family home

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Habitat Denton County announces groundbreaking for next single-family home.

Habitat for Humanity of Denton County and the Interfaith Coalition announce their 98th build alongside their latest family partner, the Tarmos. Habitat Denton County invites North Texas residents to attend and meet Benedict Tarmo and his family. On March 20th, 2018, leaders of the community will gather alongside Habitat staff, volunteers, and family, to bless the land and conduct the ceremonial groundbreaking at 10:00 am on 717 Cook Street, Denton, Texas.

To build safe, affordable, and quality homes Habitat Denton County partners with local organizations, congregations, and businesses to raise funds, receive in-kind donations, and build the homes with volunteer labor. Habitat then sells the home at cost with a 0% interest mortgage. For the Tarmo family, seven different faith communities have joined together in the spirit of service as Habitat’s Interfaith Coalition, encompassing Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i, and Christian congregations in Denton County. Through fundraisers, pledges, and volunteers the Interfaith Coalition has raised nearly the entire cost to build the home. Habitat Denton County’s new executive director John Montoya stated, “To see all these people from different faiths and backgrounds come together so flawlessly to serve their local community empowers and gives me incredibly high hopes for our county. Despite all the adversity and strife our nation is dealing with, hundreds of local North Texans are embracing each other to build homes for families like the Tarmos.”

               “It is because of all of you that this is possible,” Benedict said. “On behalf of my entire family, thank you and thank you so much.”

To learn how you can get involved or to inquire to become a Habitat Homeowner, visit Habitat’s website,

Habitat for Humanity of Denton County brings on New Executive Director, John Montoya to lead organization into 2018!

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Pictured left to right: Bill Stewert, Lars Anderson, Willie Sewell, Construction Manager Matthew Holbrook, Debbie Dilluvio, Bob Pierry, David Fletcher, and New Executive Director, John Montoya.


Habitat for Humanity of Denton County (HFHDC) is thriving with the support of local community partners. As of December 4, HFHDC welcomed John Montoya as their new Executive Director. John comes from United Way of Denton County (UWDC) as the Director of Financial Capabilities Initiatives and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and relationships within the City of Denton.

Montoya says, “I am excited by the opportunity to lead such a vital non-profit that builds homes, community and hope.” Under his leadership, vision, and guidance, HFHDC is on the precipice of a great expansion that would not be possible without our community partners.

Partners such as Denton’s beloved Paul Voertman, who graciously gifted Habitat Denton County $300,000 in his last will and testament. Mr. Voertman has been an annual supporter of Habitat Denton County for as long as the staff can remember, and pledged an untold contribution when he visited the administration office in late 2016. In his memory and honor, Habitat Denton County will magnify his donation by partnering with other local organizations and congregations within the community to ensure his generosity has a generational-changing impact for multiple families of North Texas.

The average Habitat home costs roughly $100,000, which the organization sells to our future homeowners with a 0% interest loan. Habitat welcomes people of all origins, faiths, races and ethnicities to apply to be homeowners and work with us to further our cause. Our foundational principle is “Everyone deserves a decent place to live.”

To celebrate this adage, HFHDC is partnering with several faith community's within Lewisville and Flower Mound, to fund and build a new home for our next family partners, the Tarmo’s. This Interfaith Coalition has already raised 75% of the cost of a home, and have no plans to end there.

Brian Strohl, Habitat Board member and Interfaith Coalition Leader states “Our goal is not how much can we raise for a home, but how many homes can we build?”

It is through partnerships such as the late Paul Voertman, collaborations like the Interfaith Coalition, strong leadership in John Montoya and passionate staff and volunteers, that Habitat Denton County has been able to change the lives of 97 families within the county, and plan for future homes such as the Tarmo’s.

If you would like to inquire to become a homeowner, to make a donation, or to become a volunteer, please visit HFHDC’s website at

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