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There's a way to connect homeless people with their loved ones - and you can be a part of it. (nationswell.com)

 

Miracle Messages is a nonprofit “reunion service” that reconnects people experiencing homelessness with their loved ones. The nonprofit sends volunteers out to record messages through video, audio and text, and with the help of volunteer online “detectives,” finds and shares those messages with loved ones.

There are over half a million homeless people in the United States, and a variety of ways people who experience homelessness lose touch with loved ones. It might be something as straightforward as a misplaced cellphone. Sometimes feelings of shame and embarrassment associated with having lost one’s home hinder a reunion. There are also people who don’t have the digital literacy or digital access to find their loved ones, Jessica Donig, Miracle Messages’ executive director, told NationSwell.

Founder and CEO Kevin Adler described how Miracle Messages is part of the growing movement to triage homelessness. It can also save cities money.

“It’s the most cost effective, humane intervention to tackle homelessness in our communities,” Adler told NationSwell.

A person experiencing homelessness costs taxpayers an average of $35,578 a year.

Miracle Messages works with outreach workers, case managers and shelters to provide the messages as an additional resource.

To read more of Monica Humphries' article, please click here.

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