Homelessness affects people from all walks of life. Enter Miracle Messages, a social startup that tries to use the power of social media to reconnect those who don’t have a place to live with a loved one. Among those they are trying to help are Latinos like Danny Vargas.
Vargas is a Vietnam War veteran living in San Jose, Calif. He hasn’t spoken to his son, a doctor who lives in Tempe, Ariz., in more than 15 years.
The organization recruits volunteers to go out and ask people living on the street, like Manuel Cordero, Jr., if they’d like to send a message to a family member.
Miracle Messages then uploads the video to its website, YouTube, and its social media feeds in hopes that it reaches its intended recipient. In the video below, for example, Miguel Alexander Escalante, is hoping that his mother, Miguelina Escalante, learns that her son is still alive.
The videos aren’t always successful. Lorenzo Castañeda, for example, is still trying to reach a family member.
But when a miracle message reaches its intended recipient, sometimes that leads to that person finding a home. That’s what happened to Isaac Avila, who hadn’t seen his family in over 40 years.
It goes without saying that Miracle Messages is providing a wonderful service. After all, in the words of minister Kirk Franklin, as featured in Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” “You can never go too far when you can’t come back home again.” Unfortunately doing good comes at a cost, which is why the organization has launched a crowdfunding effort to expand their services. You can donate here.
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