Additional PHASE V Celebration Info
To view the VIDEO profiling Sister Mary and Joan on CNN CLICK HERE
To read the ARTICLE that accompanies the profile about their incredible work in the Philadelphia community battling poverty and homelessness and learn why these two incredible women are an inspiration to Jon Bon Jovi CLICK HERE.
The PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS ran an article about JON BON JOVI, the SOUL and PROJECT H.O.M.E. focusing on one of the families benefiting from the PHASE V HOME OWNERSHIP PROJECT.
To read the ARTICLE at PHILLY.COM CLICK HERE.
The PHILADELPHIA CBS AFFILIATE (CBS 3) did a piece on the PROJECT H.O.M.E. PHASE V PROJECT.
Please CLICK HERE to read the online article and view the news footage from Monday’s event.
ESPN.COM covered the PROJECT H.O.M.E. PHASE V HOME OWNERSHIP CELEBRATION in Philadelphia yesterday. To read the entire article entitled BON JOVI SHOWS HE’S A GOOD SOUL CLICK HERE or you can read it below:
BON JOVI SHOWS HE’S A GOOD SOUL
By William Bendetson
The attraction might have been world famous recording artist Jon Bon Jovi, but the reason was anything but his singing. Bon Jovi, who co-owns the Philadelphia Soul, participated in an event on Monday marking the revitalization of the 1900 block of North 23rd Street in North Central Philadelphia. It signaled the completion of the project that will see 13 families move into renovated homes before the holidays and two more after the New Year thanks to the partnership between Project H.O.M.E. and the Soul. All of these houses have been built by using “green building strategies” that have taken these existing structures and turned them into energy efficient homes.
Project H.O.M.E., founded in 1989, is a non-profit organization that strives to end homelessness with a unique approach. Participants must complete a series of steps to become a homeowner, including having a full time job and maintaining a bank account.
“I was reading American history books a few years ago and I saw a homeless man sitting outside Philadelphia city hall from my hotel room. I thought this is not what I envision from my country,” Bon Jovi said Monday in a telephone interview with ESPN.com
Project H.O.M.E. has allowed more than 7,000 people to escape homelessness. For Bon Jovi, the most rewarding part is the expression on people’s faces when they receive their first home. He’s worked with Habitat For Humanity and he and the Soul minority owner Richie Sambora made a $1 million donation to Oprah’s Angel Network to build 28 homes in Houma, LA, after Hurricane Katrina. In all, the Soul as an organization has donated more than $2 million to local causes since its inception in 2003.
“Some people just need a leg up and it is great to see what happens when they get it,” Bon Jovi said. “It was great to see what happened after we rebuilt all those homes in New Orleans. That was a very rewarding experience. When I bought the Soul, I said we are going to make a difference in this community and I think we have.”
The reaction has been from positive from the Philadelphia community. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell donated personal money to Project H.O.M.E. Bon Jovi is close friends with former President Bill Clinton, who has helped with the project. Clinton even wrote about Sister Mary Scullion, the Project’s director, in his book.
“Here you have someone who was once the most powerful man in the world kowtowing to Sister Mary,” Bon Jovi said. “Pretty incredible.”
William Bendetson covers pro football for ESPN.COM