Kevin is a social entrepreneur and sociologist who never learned the word stranger. He started this work in honor of his Uncle Mark, who lived on-and-off the streets for 30 years. In December 2014, Kevin took a walk down Market Street in SF with warm tea, hot biscuits, and a simple question to his homeless neighbors: "do you have any family or friends you'd like to record a message to for the holidays?" Soon, Miracle Messages was born.
Miracle Messages reconnects people living on the streets with their loved ones (and us), through short video messages and social media. To date, 90% of loved ones have received their message positively, and dozens of reunions have lead to stable housing or living with family again, at a fraction of the cost that cities spend serving each chronically homeless person. Miracle Messages recently launched a 1-year paid pilot in San Francisco, in collaboration with the Department of Homelessness and Tipping Point Community, to scale our impact citywide. Our mission is to mobilize the internet to reunite the world, helping 1% of the 100 million homeless people on earth reconnect with their loved ones by 2021.
We envision a world without homelessness. A world where everyone is nurtured by a social support system and sense of belonging – a social home – whether or not they currently have physical housing. Our goal is to reunite 1 million people by 2021 and, in the process, build nurturing relationships between our homeless neighbors and the rest of us as a society.
Miracle Messages are short video messages from homeless people to their long lost loved ones, delivered by you.
To date, our global network of volunteer messengers have delivered 20 Miracle Messages, resulting in 11 reunions including Perry and his son after 19 years. Our work has been featured in 150+ media outlets, including People, CBS, NPR, and New York Magazine.