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Phillip Snyder - Opening Doors for Neighbors in Need

Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, plagued by the threat of homelessness.

On this week's Pay it Forward we meet a man who is quietly helping a Chattanooga couple get their lives back on track.

Phillip Snyder is affectionately known to his friends and neighbors as 'Pops'.

Clyde and Renee Hastings say he is the reason they are not living on the streets.

We meet the Hastings outside a Chattanooga business where we learn why the man they call 'Pops' means so much to them.

Renee says, "He really didn't have to do it. He didn't know me. He didn't remember my husband from when he was a kid and he just basically knew we didn't have a place to stay, that we was homeless, and gave us a place to stay at his house."

For the last couple of years money has been tight for Renee and Clyde. They've been helping Phillip fix up a rental house. Renee says there's no way they could ever fully repay him.

"He helped us with medicines. He pays the light bill, the water bill, has not asked us for a dime. He' s as nice as he can be to anyone. He'd give the shirt off his back for anyone," she says.

The couple can hardly wait to 'Pay it Forward' to Phillip who has no idea we've shown up to his work.

We count out our $500 cash and find our way to the back of the building. near the wood shop where he makes doors.

With Clyde by her side Renee smiles and says, "This is on behalf of McMahan Law Firm and Channel 9 News for all the help that you've done for us, and giving us a play to stay and helping with meds and everything. We want to Pay it Forward' to you."

She hands the five $100 bills to a very grateful Phillip.

When I tell Phillip how big a difference he's made in the their lives he says, "There's more people than them out there that needs help. If people could help what they could help it would be nice."

You stepped in there like a dad and been there for us," Renee tells Phillip.

With a hug and a smile 'Pops' returns to work with a single mission in mind -  continuing his years-long commitment of creating doors of hope for those in need.

Phillip Snyder - Opening Doors for Neighbors in Need

Monday, July 14 2014, 06:38 PM EDT

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