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An old Denver motel offers 30 homeless families a new beginning

By: ALDO SVALDI, The Denver Post
October 31, 2016 Updated: October 31, 2016 at 10:31 pm
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photo - DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 13:  Paige Carpenter snuggles with her son Javoghn Tyler, 5, as the two enjoy a close moment  at Joshua Station where she has lived for almost 2 years on October 13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Joshua Station is a faith-based community helping families make the transition from homelessness to a healthy, stable living environment.  Since 2001 Joshua Station has provided long-term transformational housing and support for high-risk families with multiple barriers to self-sufficiency. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 13: Paige Carpenter snuggles with her son Javoghn Tyler, 5, as the two enjoy a close moment at Joshua Station where she has lived for almost 2 years on October 13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Joshua Station is a faith-based community helping families make the transition from homelessness to a healthy, stable living environment. Since 2001 Joshua Station has provided long-term transformational housing and support for high-risk families with multiple barriers to self-sufficiency. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post) 

Cassandra Carpenter spent years on the street, hounded by a meth addiction she couldn’t escape, making a series of bad choices that almost cost her time in prison and the loss of her children.

That all changed in January 2015, when Carpenter and her daughter found refuge at Joshua Station, a transitional housing program run by Mile High Ministries in the former Spa Motor Inn near West 8th Avenue and Interstate 25. The program is one of about 50 receiving funds from The Denver Post’s Season to Share campaign this year.

Carpenter, now sober, plans to obtain her GED, using that as a stepping stone to study for a career as a radiology assistant. With legal assistance from Joshua Station, she recently won back full custody of her son.

“I couldn’t have done it without the foundation of Joshua Station,” the 29-year-old Aurora native said.

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