Habitat Heroes 2020

Jim Hargrove’s Spirit Award: Terry Montesi

Jim Hargrove’s Spirit Award: Terry Montesi                                                

This award goes to someone who demonstrates the love and teachings of Jesus Christ throughout their service to and with Trinity Habitat.

Terry has been involved with Trinity Habitat for 21 years! He first got his company, Trademark Property, involved when they decided to stop giving conventional holiday gifts and to donate their time and money instead to help build families’ homes. Not only has this allowed his company to put God’s love into action, but it has also provided many, many years of the best corporate teambuilding! Terry has served as volunteer, community ambassador, and co-chair of our inaugural CEO Build in 2019. Terry has also been instrumental in connecting our Habitat ReStores with large furniture donations from hotels undergoing demolition or remodeling.

Phil Muller Project Manager Award: Jim Edgar

Phil Muller Project Manager Award: Jim Edgar

This award goes to a long-term volunteer site leader. Phil Muller led 18 houses through his time in Cornerstone and Jim Edgar is not far behind him. We are so grateful for Jim’s commitment to our mission and serving our Habitat families!

“Jim is one of my go-to guys that is always ready to step up and lead.” Lari Waites, Trinity Habitat Construction Admin

Corporate Partner Award: Lockheed Martin

Corporate Partner Award: Lockheed Martin

Our partnership with Lockheed Martin began in 1989.  Since then they have contributed more than $227,000.  For the past three years, they have sponsored large rehabs for veterans in the Fort Worth community.  They have loved on our nations heroes both in materials for the repairs and volunteers to complete the job.  Lockheed Martin employees show up early, they are eager to work, and they have nothing but kindness for the families we serve.

Faith Partner Award: FUMC Hurst

Faith Partner Award: FUMC Hurst

First United Methodist Church of Hurst has been working with Trinity Habitat for 23 years and has contributed almost $490,000 to help build strong families and neighborhoods.  They have been a part of the major milestones of Trinity Habitat for Humanity such as the 2014 Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project and Trinity Habitat’s 30th Anniversary build and move.  This year, First United Methodist Church of Hurst is celebrating their 150th Anniversary.

John Hambek, Cornerstone Leadership Award: Major Jim Fry

John Hambek, Cornerstone Leadership Award: Major Jim Fry

John Hambek was a Vietnam vet and dedicated volunteer construction leader at Trinity Habitat before he passed away in 2012. This award goes to Cornerstone Construction Leaders who exemplify the same compassionate leadership skills John did.

“Jim is a rock for our program!  He has led the construction on many homes and is always standing ready to work on a family’s home.” Lari Waites, Trinity Habitat Construction Admin


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Habititus Award: De’Shun Bayne, Brian Krafft, and Cliff Harrell

This award goes to individuals who are relatively new to our organization and have been bitten by the Habi-bug and now have “habititus”.

Cliff Harrell
Cliff started volunteering with his company and longtime Trinity Habitat partner, Bell. He quickly became passionate about our mission, started shadowing Cornerstone Construction Leaders, and logged in 200+ volunteer hours in one year! He is now a Cornerstone Construction Leader and is ready and available whenever he is needed on build sites! He truly got bit by the Habi-bug!

Brian Krafft
After volunteering at our 2019 CEO Build and working alongside Sheri in building her family’s new home, Brian got Habititus and wanted to get more involved.  Brian’s company, Topographic, is now a sponsor and regularly bringing employees out to help build homes! He also joined our Ambassador team to help raise awareness of Habitat’s mission locally!

De’Shun Bayne
De’Shun saw our Downtown Build taking place in Sundance Square last year as he looked out his work window at Del Frisco’s Grille and quickly caught Habititus!  He has shared “he is happy to support Trinity Habitat because they symbolize helping people that help themselves which is a creed my family and I live by. We learned that things will change for you when you change.  Habitat is a driving force that aides’ people to change from the inside out.”

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Youth Award: Isabelle Utter

Isabelle has a true heart and spirit for serving the community. She has rallied her family and friends for two years in a row to raise almost $3,000 towards our Cowtown Brush Up program. It is incredible to see her passion to serve others, especially at such a young age. We are so grateful for Isabelle and Martin Tennis for their sponsorship and participation in our Cowtown Brush Up events. We are very lucky to have them as part of our Habitat family!


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Golden Heart Award: Stuart Isgur, Slade Ashmore, Helen Stephens, Alissa Downham, Jill & Marvin Smith

An award for those dedicated to Trinity Habitat’s mission through a variety of ways, like volunteering or serving as a board member.

 Jill & Marvin Smith
The Smiths have been faithful partners with Trinity Habitat for nearly 20 years! Through financial and in-kind gifts they are major partners in our home repair program, Preserve A Home. Jill and Marvin care deeply for the homeowners we partner with in need of critical home repairs. They are closely involved with every project and always go above and beyond in meeting the needs of the families we serve. They are true living angels and their generosity is inspiring.

Stuart Isgur
Whether building Habitat homes in the Dominican Republic on a Global Village Trip or around the corner in the Como neighborhood, Stuart’s servant heart is evident. We are grateful for his dedication and passion for our mission to build strong families and neighborhoods!

Slade Ashmore

Slade served as President of our board during his six years of service on the board. Slade was instrumental in our partnerships with Orix Foundation and the Celanese Foundation. He regularly volunteers with his company on build sites and with his family during Cowtown Brush Up. Slade also serves as a phenomenal Table Captain each year at our BuildStrong Lunch.

Helen Stephens

Helen served as President of our board during her six years of service on the board. Helen is an enthusiastic ambassador for Trinity Habitat, helped build Habitat homes in the Dominican Republic, and goes above and beyond as a Table Captain each year at our BuildStrong Lunch.

Alissa Downham

Alissa served as President of our board during her six years of service on the board. Alissa was also a critical part of our partnerships with Wells Fargo. She and her husband are regular volunteers out on Habitat builds and are dedicated Table Captains each year at our BuildStrong Lunch.

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Buildstrong Champion Award: Angela Heikkinen and Darrell Samuelson

Our annual BuildStrong Lunch is our largest fundraiser. This award goes to individuals with outstanding participation over the years as an Ambassador and/or Table Captain to help each BuildStrong Lunch have the most success possible.

Angela Heikkinen
Angela has been an Ambassador since 2015! She is always ready and willing to share Trinity Habitat with others and invite her friends to HabiTours and BuildStrong Lunches. She does a great job promoting Habitat on her social media and is scheduled to go to Kenya with our Global Village team in 2021. She loves Trinity Habitat, and we love her!

Darrell Samuelson
Darrell became an Ambassador in 2016.  He has invited more than 110 people to our BuildStrong Lunches, many of whom become donors! Darrell has been instrumental in spreading our mission by sharing his passion for affordable housing and regularly inviting his network to HabiTours.

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In Kind Award: Park Hill Portraits

Since 2014, Erin Potter-Seigler has generously provided hundreds beautiful portraits of our Habitat families. We use these portraits in our marketing materials and to help us tell our families’ stories. They are also wonderful gifts for each family to enjoy in their home for many years.

“Like Habitat, Park Hill Portraits is all about family, connection, and love. The hope and gratitude expressed by the Habitat families is a huge inspiration to both myself and my staff. Working with Habitat families has been one of the biggest highlights of my career and we have loved getting to know them and knowing their stories.” – Erin Potter-Seigler

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