Miracle Messages: help houseless San Franciscans Nathan and William find their families

Miracle Messages shares videos via social media to help people experiencing houselessness or unstable housing reconnect with family and friends. 

Founded by San Francisco resident Kevin Adler, the organization connects clients with caseworkers who record video interviews. Afterwards, nearly 1,000 digital investigators assist in the search process, scouring the Internet for clues as to the whereabouts of their friends and family members.

In this edition, meet Nathaniel (Nathan) Koch and William Bryant.

Nathan Koch

Nathan Koch's message to his family. 

The Miracle Messages team met Koch near the San Francisco Main Public Library in Civic Center July 27, 2018. He his hoping to reconnect with his mother Deborah Koch, father Gary Koch, and brothers Gabriel and Joshua Koch. 

Nathan, who hasn't seen his family in four or five years, originally hails from Clayton and Warrington, Missouri. He believes some of of his family members may now be living in Licking, Missouri. 

In his recorded message, Koch said that he was unable to get ahold of family members because of a recent incarceration. He also suffered injuries to his face, and is hoping to get medical assistance. "Just get ahold of me, and I'll let you know what's going on," he said in the message. 

Koch also told the Miracle Messages team that his brothers attended Pattonville High School and his mother attended St. Charles High School.

His father has long hair, a beard and sideburns, he added. His parents are believed to be in their 60s; brother Gabriel is 42 and Joshua is 46, he said. 

William Bryant 

In addition to filming and distributing video messages from those seeking to reconnect with lost loved ones, Miracle Messages maintains a toll-free telephone hotline as well. 

On July 3, 2018, William Bryant called the 1-800-MISS-YOU hotline number and recorded a message indicating he's hoping to get in touch with his sister Mary Bryant, after being disconnected for roughly six years. 

Bryant said that he lost touch with his sister, born in 1951, after he became houseless. "I would love to be able to call her, if someone could help me reach here," he said. 

Mary Bryant's last known location is Inglewood, California, but the siblings attended school in Warrington, Florida. Mary reportedly cares for their brother Odis Bryant, approximately 63, who served in the U.S. Army and is disabled. Another brother, Timothy Bryant, used to live at 19 N Jamaica St. in Pensacola, Florida. 

If you have any information that would help Calvin or Felicia connect with their family, please email Miracle Messages. To become a hotline volunteer or launch a pilot in a new city, visit the group's website.

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