Jon Bon Jovi spent the afternoon on Monday touring the infamous ‘Skid Row’ and it’s housing initiative the ‘Lamp Community’. Jon was accompanied by Steve Lopez, the LA Times writer whose column about a cellist with schizophrenia inspired the film ‘The Soloist’ (pictured with Jon).
SEATTLE – Jon Bon Jovi’s new tour is bringing the veteran rock star to venues he doesn’t usually visit on the road.
A shelter for hardcore alcoholics in Seattle. A tour of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Perhaps a squatters village in Sacramento.
That’s because this tour in support of Bon Jovi’s latest release, “The Circle,” is also a fact-finding mission. The singer plans on visiting as many homeless shelters and programs as time allows in hopes of getting ideas and inspiration to shape his own work with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a Philadelphia-based charity that fights homelessness by building affordable housing, establishing community kitchens and cleaning up vacant lots in blighted neighborhoods.
Jon Bon Jovi took a break from rehearsals in Seattle yesterday to pursue his philanthropic passion for addressing the issue of homelessness in America. While in Seattle rehearsing for the kick off of his band’s latest world tour, the rock icon represented the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in an info-gathering visit to one of Seattle’s most widely recognized homeless organizations.
HomeAid Atlanta, in assistance with the JBJSF, is currently building an affordable housing complex in partnership with Rockdale Emergency Relief (RER), in Rockdale County, Georgia located just outside Atlanta.
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You may have noticed a few changes in 2009, most notably our name change from the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation to Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation (JBJSF). Our Mission remains the same: to focus our resources on creating innovative partnerships that help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and /or homelessness.