PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Those experiencing homelessness often lose touch with their friends and family over time. A man who's dedicated much of his life to helping change that was in Portland last week.
Kevin Adler was inspired to start the organization, Miracle Messages, after attending a funeral for his homeless uncle. His goal is to reunite 100 homeless individuals with friends or family members who they haven't seen or spoken to since becoming homeless.
"The way we serve homeless people needs to be more than how we serve an animal shelter. They don't need just food, water, shelter and a bed," said Adler. "These are human beings."
Adler and his photographer, Zoe Marmer, spent four days in Portland meeting people who are a part of the city's homeless population. They listened to their stories and in some cases, with their permission, recorded video messages that were uploaded to the Miracle Messages website and social media accounts.
Susan St. Amour was recently helped through a housing project, but spent three years living on the streets of Portland. A lot happened in that time including the death of her son Neal who was just 29-years-old. She decided to record a video message for her daughter-in-law, Jessica Smith, who she hasn't heard from since her son's funeral.
"Somebody that you may miss and aren't in connection with, if you don't reach out to make that connection, how quickly somebody could be gone out of your life forever," said St. Amour.
Adler plans on traveling to around 20 cities throughout the US including Burlington, Vermont; Albany, New York and Boston Massachusetts.