Bon Jovi helps cuts ribbon on Joseph's House in Camden

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April 1, 2014 2:53:28 PM PDT
Jon Bon Jovi has returned to Camden, New Jersey to continue helping families in economic despair.

Since 2006, Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation has provided more than 440 units of shelter and affordable housing to hundreds of low income people, many of them have been homeless.

Bon Jovi helped cut the ribbon on Joseph's House Tuesday afternoon; a homeless shelter that opened in January during a Code Blue Alert.

During the harsh winter months, it operated as a temporary facility and has continued to house 75 men and women every night including people like "Jamaica" who has lived there since February 12th.

"This facility we call home. Joseph's House, specifically has given me safe harbor in my hour of need," said Jamaica.

The shelter partners with local agencies to provide support services to those who stay there, helping them become self-sufficient.

Monsignor Robert McDermott has helped Klein with the transition of the House from a temporary dwelling to a year-round operation.

"As the staff of Joseph's House knows, we can't do this alone," said Jon Bon Jovi. "The solution is housing. The solution is supplied services. There are those who are in need and those of us who can help. We believe that now we can truly make an impact here on the homeless issue."

And to the residents of Joseph's House, it makes a big difference.

"A heartfelt thank you on behalf of Joseph's House and its residents, and may your blessings be multiplied tenfold," said Jamaica.

As Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation continues to expand, he says his mission is constant, to continue to bring pride the people of Camden and their communities.


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