Steven Tyler has opened a home for neglected and abused girls in Memphis
The Aerosmith frontman donated $500,000 (R6,7 million) to Janie’s House – named after the band’s 1989 song Janie’s Got A Gun, about a girl who turns to drugs after being abused – and the facility opened its doors earlier this week.
The home is run by the non-profit organisation, Youth Villages – which helps young girls with emotional, mental and behavioural problems – and Steven’s contribution came from his own Janie’s Fund, which he set up in 2015.
The 70-year-old rocker said that the venture has been ‘good for his soul’
“This does my heart and my soul good. This is real.”
Steven – who has battled substance and alcohol addictions in the past – was inspired to start up Janie’s House after visiting a treatment centre for “co-dependency” and seeing how their work had a positive impact on the young people’s lives.
He said: “As you can only imagine, being in a band with guys for 50 years, you can have problems.
“And rather than quit, I decided to go to this treatment centre for co-dependency.”
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It’s the second home to open, after Steven – who has three daughters, Liv, 41, Mia, 40, Chelsea 29, and a 28-year-old son Taj with his youngest daughter’s mother Teresa Barrick – launched a place for children in Atlanta, Georgia, two years ago.
Janie’s House can help 14 girls at a time and 30 per year, and offers various different therapies to aid the young people with their recovery from drug or alcohol dependency and allow them to go on to lead normal lives
The I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing hitmaker has vowed: “I’m gonna bring this Janie’s Fund with me wherever I go. It’s like a dream come true.”
Author: BANG Showbiz