Kevin Adler is traveling the United States on a mission to help 100 homeless people reconnect with family and friends who’ve lost touch.
The project he calls “Miracle Messages” is deeply personal for the San Francisco man, whose uncle lived on and off the streets for 30 years before his death, WBZ-TV reports.
“My uncle Mark was homeless, lived on and off the streets for 30 years, suffered from schizophrenia. But I never saw him as a homeless man,” he told the news station.
His uncle’s struggle inspired him to help his homeless neighbors “be seen as human,” he explains on the project’s website. He started in San Francisco last December when he met a man named Jeffrey and asked him if he wanted to record a video message for a loved one.
Jeffrey recorded a message to his family in Pennsylvania, explaining that he hoped to one day meet his niece and nephew. The video was uploaded to Facebook and within hours Jeffrey’s sister had been tagged in the post.
Within weeks, Jeffrey’s family raised $5,000 to bring him home and his sister recorded a video response introducing her brother to her two children.
Next, Adler recorded a video for Johnny, a man who hadn t seen his siblings in 33 years. Three weeks after his video posted, Johnny’s entire family flew out to reunite with the man who had been a missing person for 22 years.
Thanks to a team of supporters, Miracle Messages is now traveling across the country with the goal of reuniting 100 homeless people with their loved ones.
The project made a stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday where Adler was helping several people at a spiritual organization that provides services to the homeless, WBUR reports.
“Someone who is just homeless Joe or Jane to you or I could be the most important person in the world to that one person that is looking for them, that’s what motivates this,” he told the news station.
You can learn more about Miracle Messages here.