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Metro Ministries has given $150,000 to storm victims

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Metro Ministries has helped hundreds of families start the process of getting back on their feet. These tornados didn't just damage materialistic things, they took lives, business', and jobs. Bills have starting piling up, and Metro Ministries is doing all they can and then some to help out.

"The bills don't wait, whether the house is there or not, the bills don't wait," said executive director at Metro Ministries Becky Welchel.

It's a sad reality, but the storms of April 27th have cost jobs. That's why Metro knew they had to step in.

"Because we can, because we should, and because we're needed. The kind of support we give may not have been in place, in fact they weren't," said Welchel.

Since the storms Metro Ministries has helped 330 families pay bills. The majority of the $150,000 given out comes from the McKenzie and Lindhurst Foundation, a number of churches and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

"We're in this for the long haul, we've got years to go, I'm just so grateful for the folks who stepped up and supported us financially," says Welchel.

Welchel says their goal is to stabilize the local communities hit the hardest by the storms. She has countless stories from Apison, Bradley County and North Georgia.

She says the time after the storm has no doubt been a life altering moment, and even a blessing of sorts.

"In this helping industry the most glorious moment comes when that line between who's helping and who's being helped blurs, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world," says Welchel.

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