OXNARD, Calif. - An Oxnard family separated for more than 20 years is finally reconnecting, and it is all thanks to social media.
Johnny Dwyer is a homeless man currently living in San Francisco. He was born and raised in Oxnard, but has been living on and off the streets for more than 30 years.
Recently Dwyer recorded a video with the help of Kevin Adler, who runs Homeless POV, a YouTube channel that gives GoPro cameras to homeless people to give them an opportunity to document the world as they see it.
In the video Dwyer calls out to his siblings who he had lost touch with more than 20 years ago.
"I love you all. I am still alive and I miss you, you are always in my thoughts," said Dwyer.
Within a few days, this YouTube video was floating around several social media sites. It was shared and liked enough times on the Oxnard Facebook pages "My Oxnard Memories" and "Growing Up in Oxnard in the 70s and 80s", that Dwyer was able to reach exactly who he wanted to.
"Hey my brother, it's Stevie, it is good to see you man. Didn't think I would ever hear from you man for the last 20 years I have been carrying around your Social Security card so that I wouldn't forget about you," said Dwyer's brother Steve Jackson.
Not only did the video reach his brother in Oxnard but within a week all of his siblings had seen the video and were responding to it.
"I love you and I have missed you," said Dwyer's sister Denise.
"We miss you so much, we love you," said Dwyer's brother Bill Dwyer.
"We all miss you. I love you and it is good to know you are OK," said Dwyer's sister Ronnie Dwyer.
Adler says Dwyer just saw these video messages and chatted with his family over the phone. The family is now in the process of setting up a trip to reunite in person.