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Position
Founder & CEO
Company
MIRACLE MESSAGES (award-winning nonprofit that reconnects the homeless with loved ones... 300 reunions and counting)
Location
San Francisco CA UNITED STATES
Bio

ABOUT MIRACLE MESSAGES

 

Miracle Messages is a nonprofit reunion service for our neighbors experiencing homelessness to reconnect with their loved ones. Our approach is simple and effective: a person isolated by homelessness records a short video, audio, or written message to a family member or friend, often with the help of a local referral partner, trained outreach volunteer, or formerly homeless ambassador. Then, dozens of internet-savvy "digital detectives" attempt to locate the loved one, deliver the message, and facilitate a reunion.

 

We offer a humane way to help end homelessness: reconnect families, shatter stigmas, and empower local residents to get involved. To date, Miracle Messages has reunited 266 families, with an average time disconnected of 15 years, using our mobile app, online and paper-based forms, and 1-800-MISS-YOU hotline. 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.

 

We believe that everyone is someone's somebody. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, Brut, NowThis, on a billboard in Times Square, in a TED talk, and 600 other publications, receiving 100+ million views. Founder Kevin F. Adler started Miracle Messages in honor of his uncle, who lived on-and-off the streets for 30 years. 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. 

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ABOUT KEVIN F. ADLER

 

Kevin F. Adler is a social entrepreneur dedicated to a world where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected. Kevin channels his passion for technology and human decency to bring people together, elevate stories from the underserved, and strengthen communities from within, whether connecting at-risk students with local mentors or reconnecting people experiencing homelessness with their loved ones.

 

A 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar and a 2016 TED Resident and TED Speaker, Kevin currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit organization that reconnects our neighbors experiencing homelessness with their loved ones… and us. To date, Miracle Messages has reunited 195 families, with an average time disconnected of 20 years. Miracle Messages is on a mission to end the “relational poverty” affecting as many as one in three people experiencing homelessness in the US.

 

Kevin has been honored as a 2017 Ashoka/American Express emerging innovator, a 2017 MassChallenge winner, and a 2010-11 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He has given talks at TED, SXSW, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google, the US Departments of Health & Human Services and Housing & Urban Development, and many more. Kevin's work has been featured widely, including in the New York Times, NPR, on a billboard in Times Square, and NowThis, whose two videos received 47M views and 500K shares.

 

Kevin is the author of Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (Rowman & Littlefield). Previously, he studied exponential technologies at Singularity University (GSP15) and co-founded three EdTech startups. He received his M.Phil in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and his BA in Politics at Occidental College, where he is the 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year and where Barack Obama's favorite professor said, "in 40 years of teaching, Kevin is the single best student I have ever had." Kevin never learned the word stranger, and tries to live accordingly.

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