Whether or not you’re a fan of Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler, you may be as pleased as I am to learn that he recently opened Janie’s House, a facility intended for abused and neglected girls in Memphis, Tennessee, an NBC article said earlier this month.
The chosen name, Janie’s House, comes from the band’s 1989 hit, Janie’s Got a Gun. The song was written by Tyler and Aerosmith bassist, Tom Hamilton, and it describes a young woman who endures abuse at the hands of her father.
Tyler was exposed to the harsh realities faced by abused and neglected women when he encountered some of them while enrolled at a treatment centre. His foundation, Janie’s Fund, launched in 2015, has donated almost $500,000 to the new project’s initiatives.
Janie’s Fund was developed to draw attention to those who are neglected and abused, and to raise money for donations to “ensure that girls receive the most effective services available to help them overcome the trauma and pain of abuse,” the foundation’s website says.
Janie’s House operates out of Youth Villages in Bartlett, a non-profit that assists troubled families. An estimated 30 young women between the ages of 12 and 18 are anticipated to receive help annually and maintain access to medical and therapeutic care through Janie’s House, and will reside in the house for roughly four to six months. The end goal is to see these young women reunite with their own families, or find another stable home.
The initial and only other Janie’s House launched in 2017 in Dougslasville, Georgia.
I’m a fan of Steven Tyler (he is absolutely hilarious) and Aerosmith to begin with, but Tyler’s recent efforts to support people in need of assistance only increases my liking of him. He is using his public platform and earnings to invest in an altruistic cause, and further, a cause that continues to become more relevant with time.
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