Mission

Our mission is to end homelessness by rebuilding social support systems.

Vision

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.

Team

KEVIN F. ADLER
FOUNDER AND CEO

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.

JESS DONIG
Director of OPERATIONS

In Jess’s first year at UCLA, one of her sociology professors remarked that, in the 1960’s, homelessness in the Bay Area was practically nonexistent. It was this remark that got Jess thinking about the normalization of homelessness. Jess joined Kevin at Miracle Messages as the first full-time team member, driven by her passion for improving people's lives through innovation.

Carlos Gonzalez
Director of Technology

Carlos joined Miracle Messages in 2016 after learning about its mission. With a background in cyber security and web development, Carlos leads the technology team for web and mobile applications. Carlos shares in Miracle Messages' desire to use technology to make a positive impact on the world, one reunion at a time.

And yOU!

Want to join Miracle Messages' volunteer team and use your passion for technology, fundraising, social media, volunteer management, or ______ for social good? 

Check out the current roles on our volunteer team, or join others in your local area in one of our communities.


Volunteer Spotlight

I chose to volunteer with Miracle Messages to humanize the homeless, because when my family lived on the streets for ten years we wished someone might empathize with us. I’m excited to help create and spread Miracle Messages to help reconnect homeless individuals with family members. Maybe if a caring family member of ours could have found us and helped us, we would have been able to get off the streets much sooner.
— Michael Gaulden, Miracle Messages volunteer
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I’m from the old times. I read the physical newspaper everyday. I was just so impressed when I read the article. I’ve been there. My son... there’s been many times when I had no way to reach out to him. I was a typical worried mother. I can just imagine what it feels like to be so alone in the world. To want to find people or just get a message to them. When I read that, I thought, ‘Gee, there must be something I can do, I want to do that.’
— Marilyn Lefferts, Miracle Messages volunteer
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A bucket list goal to visit all thirty major league baseball stadiums with my family has, in turn, granted me the opportunity to personally witness, in each of these big cities, one ongoing theme: homelessness. Speaking with homeless people in the streets on game days, they inspire me with their stories and it is my hope to help humanize the homeless in these 30 cities—and more.
— Emma Herr; Miracle Messages volunteer

Blurb

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.


Miracle Messages has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and NowThis, whose video reached 25M views and 360K shares, leading to 6000 volunteers and 400 nonprofits on our waitlist. Founder Kevin F. Adler started Miracle Messages in honor of his Uncle Mark, who lived on-and-off the streets for 30 years. Our goal is to reunite 1 million people by 2021. Join the movement.

We believe

Everyone is someone’s somebody, and nobody should be defined by what they lack.
Let people be people, and technology do the rest.
We believe in the power of social media for social good.
We believe in meeting people where they are in life.
We believe that conversations can transform lives.
We believe that it takes a community to end homelessness.
We believe in getting to the point.