Anthony Young is a family man who struggles to rebuild trust from society, despite his lack of housing, family health issues and a failed marriage because of his troubled past with methamphetamine addiction.  
      For Young, 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-and-a-half years of his life in prison. About a year ago he was charged with possessing a sawed-off shotgun and must meet community service hour requirements. 
      Since July, Young, his fiancé of 13 years Dawn Klages, her father Ty Klages and a black lab-pei dog named Sampson have been living together in a two-bed motel room in Cuba, Missouri, after losing the house where they had lived for the past five years. Dawn’s COPD, lupus and social anxiety keep her from interacting with the outside world and Ty’s dementia disables him from living a life on his own.  
      ​​​​​​​Six months ago, Young finally stopped using meth to become a responsible person. Since then, he has spent most of his days caring for Dawn and Ty, working part-time to help his best friend Andy Sanozaro build a cabin, volunteering at a local food pantry to fulfill his community service hours and looking for a new home for his family.
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.
Young and Dawn are seen through a window at their motel. Dawn has developed social anxiety after she was diagnosed with COPD and lupus years ago, which keeps her from leaving the room. “It sucks living in a motel. I hate it. I have nothing to do except watching TV,” Dawn said.
 Joan Damm, a volunteer at Cuba Ministerial Food Pantry, logs Young’s final day of community service hours. “He’s been to the bad side, now he wants to go to good side. And he’s struggling hard, because someone who’s been there, done that, they have to fight that demon everyday,” Damm said.
Young removes a spider web with a duster at Cuba Ministerial Food Pantry. “He works hard. He is a happy guy and he reminds me of his dad,” said Melinda Markley, Young’s cousin and fellow volunteer.
Volunteers listen as Barbara Jopling, the director of Cuba Ministerial Food Pantry, prays near a stack of sweet potatoes to start the day. Local churches and farmers along with the government-owned food bank donate food to the pantry.
Young helps Suzie Ferree take out a shopping cart to her car at Cuba Ministerial Food Pantry. “It took me longer to grow up. I had a lot of curveballs thrown at me. I’ve been good and I am [going to] keep being good this time,” Young said.
Young 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, they have had to rely on eating fast food and microwavable food.
Dawn hands over her half-eaten hamburger to her fiancé in her bed while their dog anticipates a bite.
Young takes a lunch break with his friends during his part-time construction work. Young has worked for his life-long friend Andy Sanozaro in constructing a hunting and fishing cabin near Meremac River for past two months. Sanozaro said it took a while to start trusting him again after two decades of Young’s troubled past.
Young saws white pine wood to make an electrical box during his part-time construction job. Young said his cellmate helped him in getting the clown skull-shaped tattoo while he was in prison, using the burnt powder of a styrofoam cup, Suave shampoo, a staple and a toothbrush.
Young replaces his bed sheet in his motel room. Because of his fiancé’s social anxiety, Young doesn't have housekeepers clean the room.
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