Monthly Archives: May 2012


Covenant House’s A Night of Broadway Stars Gala To Unite Formerly Homeless Youth & Broadway Stars For Performance at Lincoln Center

Rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi **will receive Covenant House’s “Beacon of Hope Award,” honoring his extensive support of the homeless young people striving to turn their lives around at the shelter for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. **Leo Carlin, President of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which works to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair, will also be honored with the Beacon of Hope Award.

“All kids need love, guidance and mentors who lead by example,” said Bon Jovi. “Yet some have had to grow up fast and have had more than their share of challenges. But thanks to organizations like Covenant House there is always hope.”

“Jon has been a friend to Covenant House for over 20 years, giving of his resources and time and talent to build new homes and new lives for homeless kids,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “Joining with Leo Carlin, The Soul Foundation has become a beacon of hope, leading the way in the fight against homelessness by providing not only compassion, but practical, long-term solutions. We cannot thank Jon and Leo enough for being such important members of our Covenant House family.”

This star-studded evening is hosted by renowned lyricist and composer Neil Berg, and will include a full revue of performances by some of Broadway’s greatest talents, including 2012 Best Actor Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan and his Newsies co-star Capathia Jenkins, Ron Bohmer and Rita Harvey from Phantom of the Opera, Lawrence Clayton from Les Misérables, Rob Evan from Jekyll and Hyde, film and TV star Karla Mosley and Danny Zolli from Jesus Christ Superstar.
Olivia Harrison, wife of the great Beatle and philanthropist George Harrison, will receive the Casa Alianza Hands of Peace Award for her support of Casa Alianza (Covenant House) Guatemala. Her support has provided love, hope and protection to homeless youth in Latin America, helping to save thousands of lives. Ryan says, “No Covenant House 40th Year Anniversary would be complete without recognizing Olivia’s and George’s role in making our Latin American programs possible, and we are honored and blessed to thank her in this special way.”

Also to be honored for his service to homeless youth is Tom McGee, National Managing Partner of Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services. McGee will receive the International Board Service Award for his work as a driving force for change in the battle against homelessness. “Tom has been an incredible gift to our kids as a member of our Board, from sleeping outside of our New York shelter to raise funds and awareness for our kids, to traveling internationally to our sites to learn the issues and be part of real solutions to the problems our kids face,” said Ryan.

Ryan added, “It is also very appropriate that on our 40th anniversary, our Co-Chairs are Laura and Barbara Bush. Ever since President George H.W. Bush visited our kids over 20 years ago, three generations of the Bush family have championed the cause of our kids. Former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Barbara have continued the tradition by taking the time to know our kids and stepping up to help whenever our kids have needed their support.
“Covenant House has thousands of homeless youth working towards their dreams in six countries at our 21 locations every day – over 56,000 last year alone,” said Ryan. “Supporting A Night of Broadway Stars gives our kids a chance to make dreams come true … a chance to dream of jobs, of homes, of families of their own.”

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To view the introduction video for Leo & Jon that played at the event, click HERE

Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas helping homeless kids, providing 24/7 crisis care and ongoing support at 21 facilities,, Covenant House NINELINE (1-800-999-9999) and



The Building a Healthy Neighborhood project recruits hundreds of volunteers, local leaders and officials to rehabilitate nearly 30 homes in the Overbrook neighborhood June 14 – 16. The work will address local families’ critical needs, including major interior and exterior rehabilitations, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades. The volunteers will also participate in community clean-up and the installation of a new playground at the Overbook Environmental Education Center in partnership with Carter Oosterhouse’s charity Carter’s Kids.

The Building a Healthy Neighborhood mission is to demonstrate the positive effects of home and neighborhood revitalization on the overall health of homeowners, families and communities. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has come on board as a partner, bringing along knowledge of the City after having participated in various housing projects in the past throughout Philadelphia. According to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the common theme of all of their past revitalization efforts has been to help strengthen the community by improving (or preserving) the housing stock and thus the lives of those within the community.

“We were excited for the opportunity to partner with Rebuilding Together on this project,” said Mimi Box, Executive Director of the JBJ Soul Foundation. “Upon hearing about the work they were setting out to do, we realized this build fits in perfectly with our model for community revitalization and incorporates the elements we look for in each build in which we participate: 1) the housing component – and here will affect the lives of 30 homeowners; 2) services and community support through the Education Center; 3) making the homes more energy-efficient; and 4) the very large volunteer component. Volunteerism is something that the JBJ Soul Foundation has long supported and is a cornerstone of our mission.”

“We are thrilled that the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation will be supporting Building A Healthy Neighborhood in Overbrook with Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation,” said Gary A. Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “To see the momentum build among our sponsors and volunteers and know that the effort we are making will help sustain a landmark Philadelphia neighborhood in a healthy and viable manner is inspiring.”

“Creating safe and healthy living environments in the homes impacted by the Building a Healthy Neighborhood project helps bring vitality to families, neighborhoods and communities,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “Our Lowe’s Heroes network of employee volunteers will be hard at work with community volunteers in Philadelphia to help make a difference for the families of Overbrook.”

Volunteers from Lowe’s, Wells Fargo, Citrin Cooperman, Rebuilding Together’s CapacityCorps alumni, Choice Hotels, and HGTV and DIY Network, will revitalize the Overbrook neighborhood and community center, as part of Rebuilding Together’s mission to provide a safe and healthy home for every person.

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Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs to an existing home, addressing both structural issues and those that affect the health of the homeowners. House by house, block by block, we work with our nearly 200 affiliates, 200,000 volunteers, who are skilled tradespersons, corporate partners and everyday citizens, to repair homes, to stabilize and revitalize communities. For nearly 25 years, we have seen the benefits when people remain in their homes: lives are improved and communities are revived. See the difference we make at

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit

Since 2006, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has existed to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships, we support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It is the organization’s goal to recognize and maximize the human potential in those affected by poverty and homelessness by offering assistance in establishing programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs. Our goal is to assist with rebuilding pride in one’s self and one’s community – one SOUL at a time.


Tune In to Watch an Exclusive Interview with Jon Bon Jovi on CNBC

London, 2 May 2012 **– CNBC, the leading business and financial news network, launches the second season of its successful CNBC Meets program with an exclusive interview with global rock icon and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, which premiers on **Wednesday, 16th May at 10.00pm BST.

The CNBC Meets series features up close and personal interviews with some of the world’s most successful people and asks them how they have achieved success in their career, their home life and about their commitments to philanthropy.

The second series kicks off with an exclusive interview with one of the world’s most successful artists, Jon Bon Jovi. His band Bon Jovi, formed in 1983, has become one of the most successful rock bands in the world, selling over 130 million albums, performing in over 50 countries for over 34 million fans, and whose last two world tours outsold the likes of Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Katy Perry combined.

In this exclusive and rare interview, Jon Bon Jovi reveals to CNBC Meets presenter Tania Bryer, his passion and dedication to his philanthropic work and takes Tania on a tour of a Philadelphia neighborhood that is one of the many affordable housing projects helmed by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation ( In a candid interview, Jon talks about his childhood, his breakthrough into the music business and how he manages his ‘Day Job’ and family life.

Filmed on location in Red Bank, New Jersey, at the site of the JBJ Soul Kitchen and on the streets of Philadelphia, the viewer will gain an insight into the real Jon Bon Jovi as he gives an incredibly honest interview revealing the man behind the rock star image.

The program also features interviews with Jon’s inspiration and mentor, Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder of Project H.O.M.E., and a sit down interview with President Bill Clinton, a close personal friend and supporter of Jon’s foundation.

For more information on the interview, air dates, & times, visit CNBC’s website.

First transmission date:16th May 2012, 10.00pm BST. Program will air on each of CNBC’s regional networks in the US; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and in Asia-Pacific.

Asia-Pacific: 12-13 May (SIN/HK time)
Sat 1200, 1900
Sun 0200, 0800, 2100
Mon 0400

Australia 12-13 May (AEST)
Sat 2200
Sun 0600, 1300, 2100
Mon 0600

United States (EST)
CNBC World
Sat, May 19 at 1930, 2230
Sun, May 20 at 0730
Wed, May 23 at 1030


Thank You For Supporting Our Eco-Blanket Donation Campaign

Project H.O.M.E. opened its innovative pilot program, Hub of Hope, this winter on the concourse of Philadelphia’s Suburban Station. Hub of Hope proved to be a valuable access point for many chronically homeless persons to connect to services, including medical and behavioral health care and housing placements. A collaborative effort among Project H.O.M.E. and several other partner agencies across the city, the Hub of Hope is a special drop-in center located in the downtown subway concourses, making it more accessible and welcoming for many of the most vulnerable persons experiencing chronic homelessness. They are targeting individuals living in the concourse who have long histories of living on the street. This winter, the Hub of Hope was able to assist 355 unique individuals who came in for services such as on-site case management, certified peer specialist support, medical care, and behavioral health care. For more information, please visit their website:

Joseph’s House opened for the second winter in a row this year. Located in Camden, NJ, Joseph’s House is a non-profit dedicated to caring for the homeless by reaching out to the increasing number of women & men that are sleeping on the streets, under highway overpasses, and in abandoned buildings. The goals of Joseph’s House are to provide a safe, warm & hospitable drop-in center for the homeless and also to connect them with area social service providers who can offer more permanent solutions and care. Through the 2011 winter season they provided 4,410 meals, in addition to reaching capacity – 45 guests – almost every night. This year they continue their mission of providing a safe place to stay, nourishment and clothing, and opportunities to build relationships leading to more permanent solutions for the homeless. For more information on Joseph’s House, please visit their website:

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Patrons of Joseph’s House receiving JBJSF blankets donated by our supporters

Covenant House is dedicated to working with youth and has recently opened their Camden location. Covenant House outreach workers took to the streets to find and reach out to youth who were in need of help. While out on the street they distributed blankets to those they encountered who were sleeping on the streets at night or those who are living in Camden’s Tent City. One of Covenant House’s outreach workers said “All of the individuals we encountered on the streets of Camden, and whom we provided a blanket to, expressed their gratitude. Please let the donors know how grateful we are of their thoughtfulness and that their donation went to some of the homeless individuals in the City of Camden.” For more information on Covenant House, please visit their website:

Thank You For Supporting Our Eco-blanket Donation Campaign
Covenant House’s Father Steven with a young man he spoke to on the street. This young man, whose face is turned to protect his identity, as well as a young lady who did not want to have her photograph taken each received a blanket.

Thank you for supporting our Eco-blanket donation campaign. Together WE can make a difference…one SOUL at a time!