Homeless shelter's art club brightening kids' lives

"That's a really bright yellow. I like that yellow better," said 10-year-old Lizzy Garcia as she watched a companion squeeze out some paint into a pie tin.

She was one of about a dozen children animatedly discussing colors and sharing ideas across two tables Friday afternoon as they took part in their weekly informal art club.

The scene looked like the picture of childhood normalcy. And that is the point.

All the participants are current or past residents of Joshua Station, a homeless shelter for 26 families in a renovated former 1960s-era motel adjacent to Interstate 25 near West Eighth Avenue.

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