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Anthony Young walks his 7-year-old black Lab Pei dog, Sampson, near Chateau Inn & Suites in Cuba, Missouri, a town of about 3,300. Anthony, his fiancé Dawn Klages, her father Ty Klages and Sampson have lived together in a two-bed motel room for months after they could no longer afford their home.
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, ended a marriage and spent four years of his life in prison. Six months ago, Anthony stopped using meth and decided to change his life and take care of his family.
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 takeout or microwavable food and using cabs for transportation.
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.