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Anthony Young walks his 7-year-old black lab-pei dog, Sampson, near Chateau Inn & Suites in Cuba, Missouri. Since July, Young, his fiancé Dawn Klages, her father Ty Klages and Sampson have been living together in a two-bed motel room after losing the house where they had lived for the past five years.
Anthony picks a wildflower for Dawn at a field near the motel. For Anthony, two decades of getting high on meth cost him his happiness. He was expelled from high school, lost his home, family and friends and spent four years of his life in prison.
Volunteers listen as Barbara Jopling, the director of Cuba Ministerial Food Pantry, prays near a stack of sweet potatoes to start the day. About a year ago, Anthony was charged with possessing a sawed-off shotgun and has volunteered at the pantry to fulfill his community service hours.
Anthony climbs a ladder while working for his life-long friend Andy Sanozaro in constructing a hunting and fishing cabin near Meremac River. Andy said it took a while to start trusting him again after two decades of Anthony’s troubled past.
Anthony receives the change after ordering a cup of strawberry slush for Ty in a cab at a fast food restaurant. Ever since the family started living in a motel without a car, they have had to rely on eating fast or microwavable food and using cabs for transportation.
Anthony assists Ty while taking a walk together outside their motel room. Six months ago, Anthony stopped using meth after two decades to become a responsible person. Since then, he has spent most of his days caring for the family.