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MIRACLE MESSAGES

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Seniors
  • Veterans & Military Families

Location

845 Market St.Suite 450SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 United States

Organization Information

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.

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