Lawyers, judges & police team up for Joplin Habitat for Humanity - KOAM TV 7

Lawyers, judges & police team up for Joplin Habitat for Humanity


The law community in Jasper County trade in their uniforms in for hard hats.  On Monday Jasper County judges, lawyers, police officers and more partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Joplin for the "Building with Justice."

Homes continue to go up across Joplin with the support of Habitat for Humanity but on Monday it wasn't the sports teams that got a hold of some hammers and nails it was the Jasper County law community.

The group raised $50,000 to build an affordable home for the Kunce family who lost everything in the tornado.

"It's going to be wonderful to have our own place where we can have our future grandchildren to and kind of have a home base for our family means a lot to me," says Angela Kunce.

The project is bitter-sweet for lawyer Tomie Avant.  She donated the land where her home stood before the storm in hopes of getting closure.

"I didn't decide to just sell the house," says Avant.  "It was still my home.  It was taken from me instead of giving it up, not like other houses you just move away from, so I think for that reason that's the bitter part and the fact that somebody will be able to have their house here that's the sweet part."

One Jasper County judge says it's nice to work outside for a change and for a good cause.

"It's a wonderful opportunity, it's fun to do and we are happy to help in any way that we can," says Gayle Crane, a circuit judge.  "To get out and get out of the offices and to do something like this, it's a great way to give back and we all enjoy doing that."

"Sometimes we may be on different sides on things in the courtroom but we're all together here working together here and that's a great experience and feeling for all us to be together," says April Foulks, a deputy juvenile officer.

"It brings us gratification, it brings us the warm fuzzy feeling that we have helped a family," says Chuck Lonardo, a lawyer.

The home is expected to be complete sometime in the next three to five months.

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