Jon Bon Jovi is the founder of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which exists to combat issues that force households and individuals into various economic problems. From the funding and production of programs and collaborations, they support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
It is the organization's objective to recognize and make the most of the human potential in those impacted by poverty and homelessness by providing help in establishing programs that provide for irreversible, affordable housing while supporting social services and task training programs.
The Structure started its overcome the localized efforts of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team, of which Jon was an owner. The Structure rapidly expanded its work to have a national presence in its commitment to establish function models for our city on the individual level, business level, and community level by establishing, promoting, and assisting in ingenious and lasting options to rebuilding pride in one's self and one's community-- one SOUL at a time.
Jon Bon Jovi also started up another project In October 2011 linked to the JBJSF called Soul Kitchen, in Red Bank NJ. The JBJ Soul Kitchen seeks to provide healthy, organic and locally grown food in a restaurant setting. They empower individuals by providing volunteer opportunities in exchange for a dining certificate for themselves and their family and by providing job training in the food industry.
They allow their paying customers to effect change in their community by paying it forward to cover the cost of volunteering customers. They promise to treat all their customers with dignity and respect, while uniting communities and forming healthy and lasting relationships through food. As of the start of 2016, JBJ Soul Kitchen has served over 45,000 meals and reached their goal of having 51% of their diners paying and 49% of their diners in-need. In 2015, JBJ Soul Kitchen was voted Best Celebrity Owned Restaurant in 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award - Sponsored by USA TODAY.
JBJ Soul Kitchen runs the Employment and Empowerment Team (EET) Program which connects a team of professionals with qualified volunteers to aid with resume writing, interview skills, job coaching, financial counseling and legal advice.
In January 2015, JBJ Soul Kitchen sponsored Spoon Full of Hope, a non-profit community restaurant and outreach program of Gateway Church of Christ. The "JBJ Soul Kitchen Sponsors Spoon Full of Hope" pop-up location began serving meals in Union Beach at Union Hose Fire Co. #1. The JBJ Soul Foundation offered to help re-open Spoon Full of Hope after the program lost its funding in the summer of 2014. The community restaurant follows the JBJ Soul Kitchen’s model as there are no prices on the menu and you could be seated with someone you may not know. It is not a "pay-what-you-can" model, instead patrons can either pay a minimum donation or volunteer an hour of time to earn a dining certificate for a meal that will feed the volunteer and up to four family members. Over a 47-week program Spoon Full of Hope served 4,391 meals of which 2,692 were in-need meals.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ) announced on April 14, 2015 the formation of The B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together), an innovative community hub where families and individuals in need can access food, job training and other resources that aim to end the cyclical cause of hunger in Ocean County, N.J.
With initial philanthropic support from The David Tepper Charitable Foundation, The B.E.A.T. Center will provide assistance and support services aimed to end hunger in Ocean County and will house a satellite location for The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, permanent home of The Peoples Pantry and second location of JBJ Soul Kitchen.
Located in the Silverton section of Toms River, N.J. and accessible by public transportation, The B.E.A.T. Center will serve as a "one-stop shop" catering to the urgent needs of the community by connecting residents to resources such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program also known as food stamps), affordable healthcare and tax preparation services, as well as access to a community food pantry, meals for at-risk children and seniors, and culinary training program.
The B.E.A.T. Center is currently under construction and set to open in 2016.
Events to highlight:
· Accompanying the foundations launch on October 6, 2006, the Foundation likewise revealed they would partner with Task HOUSE TO help rebuild 15 homes in North Philadelphia (task concluded November 2007).
· In April 2007, the JBJSF partnered with Habitat For Humanity-NYC and Delta to do a 3 day construct to complete a nine-unit, three-story condominium complex in Brooklyn, NY.
· In November 2007, the JBJSF assisted the Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy Carter Work Task in introducing a 3 year commitment to developing an added 150 houses in Los Angeles County.
· In May 2008, joining once again with Project H.O.M.E. the JBJSF dedicated to assisting with building & updating the Saint Elizabeth's Healing Residence in Philadelphia, PA which provides support to veterans.
· In July 2008, Habitat for Humanity-Detroit, Saturn Hands on Homes and the JBJSF announced that they would collaborate to build 5 brand-new homes in the MorningSide community on Detroit's East Side. The first property owner moved in on December 12, 2008.
· In September 2008, JBJSF and HELP USA began on a 51 unit complex which provides budget friendly real estate with assistance services for low-income and special-needs individual in Newark, NJ. The ASSISTANCE Genesis JBJ Soul Residences opened on December 8, 2009.
· In July 2009, HomeAid Atlanta and JBJSF broke ground on a 16 unit apartment complex with a neighborhood room. The Phoenix Pass Complex is a long-lasting transitional housing complex (the very first in Rockdale County, Georgia) serving households, especially ladies with kids, who are experiencing short-lived homelessness in the Conyers/Rockdale County Neighborhood. Phoenix Pass is schedule to open in April of 2010.
Bon Jovi gathered autographs for t-shirts auctioned off to benefit Job HOME.
He has assisted build more than 26 houses with Habitat For Mankind.
He helped develop a health center for the poor in New Jersey.
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