In just the four years since our Foundation began its work, we saw the faces of those experiencing homelessness change, thus our recent investment in projects that benefit veterans, youth and families.
When Jon began his Circle Tour, he saw it as an opportunity to explore the causes and issues, as well as resources and strategies at work around the country. Here, in his own words, he shares what he learned, how the people he met validated the work we do, and most of all how they touched his heart and SOUL.
Just like the Tour site visits were stops along the way; our Foundation’s journey to combat homelessness has just begun. We thank you for your ongoing support of our Mission.
Mimi Box, Executive Director
Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation
Please click HERE to watch the video and listen to Jon’s reflection on the places he visited, the people he met, and the affect it had on him
Please Click HERE to listen to the full audio and more in-depth recounts about his visits
Here are just a few projects we have completed in four years, thanks to the
generous support of our donors:
- Coinciding with the Foundation’s launch on October 6, 2006, the Foundation
announced we would partner with Project H.O.M.E. to
help rebuild 15 homes in North Philadelphia, a project which was completed
in November 2007.
In November 2007, we assisted the Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter Work
Project in launching a 3 year commitment to building an additional 150 homes
in Los Angeles County.
In May 2008, joining again with Project H.O.M.E. we committed to assisting
with building & updating the Saint Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence in
Philadelphia, PA which provides assistance to veterans.
In July 2008 we began construction on a project with Habitat for
Humanity-Detroit and Saturn Hands on Homes, to build 5 new homes in the
MorningSide community on Detroit’s East Side. The first home owner moved in
on December 12, 2008.
In September 2008, we collaborated with HELP USA to break
ground on a 51 unit complex which offers affordable housing with support
services for low-income and special-needs populations in Newark, NJ. The
HELP Genesis JBJ Soul Homes opened on December 8, 2009.
In July 2009, HomeAid Atlanta and JBJSF broke ground on a the first phase
of a 16-unit apartment complex with a community center. The Phoenix Pass
Complex is a long-term transitional housing complex (the first in Rockdale
County, Georgia) serving families, particularly women with children, who are
experiencing temporary homelessness in the Conyers/Rockdale County
Community. Phoenix Pass took in its first residents in the summer of 2010.
This a sampling of what has been keeping us busy for our first four years
and we are not even close to being done! On this day, as we celebrate our
past, we hope you will help us prepare for our future. With generous
contributions from those who support our work we have accomplished so much
to help provide food and shelter to so many people in great need. Over the
upcoming months, as we prepare for our next projects, we will also be
revisiting our early projects and profiling the faces of those whose lives
have changed as a result of your generosity and support of these programs.
Click here to donate now!
Thank you, all of you, for a spectacular four years and here’s to many more!
Congratulations to the Oasis Center on their new kitchen facility and it’s use as a communal space within their program. For the past year and a half they have cooked on a hot plate and flown by the seat of their pants, but now they have a space where youth can cook together, eat together, and congregate all in a really beautiful and functional space. You can find out more about the Oasis Center at OasisCenter.org/.