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MIRACLE MESSAGES

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Everyone needs a friend.
Miracle Friends is a phone buddy program for neighbors experiencing homelessness. Volunteer from anywhere in the world, in a way that fits into your schedule.

All 1:1 communications between volunteers and unhoused friends take place via phone calls and texts using Google Voice or Dialpad (i.e., not your personal number). The rough time commitment is an hour a week, flexible based on your schedule. This includes:

Weekly 1:1 calls and/or texts with your unhoused friend

The role of the volunteer is to offer general companionship and support. Each volunteer is supported by a mentor and, when possible, each unhoused friend is supported by a caseworker.

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About MIRACLE MESSAGES

Location:

845 Market St., Suite 450, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103, US

Mission Statement

We are on a mission to end relational poverty on the streets, and in the process, inspire people everywhere to embrace their homeless neighbors not as problems to be solved, but as people to be loved.

Description

Miracle Messages is a nonprofit that rebuilds social support systems for people experiencing homelessness.

REUNION SERVICE: Our approach is simple and effective: a person isolated by homelessness records a short message to a loved one, often with the help of a local referral partner or volunteer. Then, our network of "digital detectives" attempt to locate the loved one, deliver the message, and facilitate a reunion. To date, we have reunited 325 families, with an average time separated of 15 years. 80% of delivered messages have been positively received, and dozens of reunions have resulted in getting a client off-the-streets, all at a fraction of the cost of other interventions.

BUDDY SYSTEM: Miracle Friends is a first-of-its-kind virtual buddy system for people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 (and beyond). Miracle Friends matches 1:1 volunteers with unhoused "Friends" for weekly phone calls and texts, to provide general companionship and support. Currently, Miracle Friends is supporting Friends being moved into hotels during the pandemic, in partnership with the City of San Francisco and others. Volunteers are welcomed to apply from anywhere.

Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

845 Market Street Ste. 450San Francisco, CA 94103

(37.78444,-122.40609)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour a week

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