Steven Tyler is doing his soul some good after opening his second home for abused and neglected girls.
The home is being called Janie’s House, in honor of one of Aerosmith’s top hits, “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which, according to WATE, is about a girl who was abused by her family.
As WATE reports, this is the second home the Aerosmith frontman has helped fund for girls who have been abused or neglected. The first one was opened in Atlanta in 2017.
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This most recent home was established on the Youth Villages Bartlett Campus just outside of Memphis, Tennessee.
Janie’s House will provide shelter, support, and the therapy needed for 14 girls at any given time.
Tyler was present at the “scarf-cutting” ceremony to help celebrate the official opening of the home, which he donated $500,000 to help renovate.
The singer revealed that it was during his own stay at a treatment facility for drug abuse that he realized he needed to do more to help.
According to WATE, many of the patients he met while in treatment were abused women:
“All the girls I met had been abused either physically, mentally, verbally, you know. At least 90% of ’em all. And that touched me.”
He said during the ceremony:
“To help one girl, ’cause I’m in a 12-step program. And when I got to a meeting, and I meet some kid in there that did something that I did, and I take him aside and talk to him, and I go, ‘Man, if I can do it, you can do it,” and I go back to that meeting a month later and that kid’s clean, I’m happy. One person. […] You guys are doing this for so many people.”
“This does my heart and my soul good.”
JaBrayia, a Janie’s House resident, raved about her experience at Janie’s House to WATE. The now-14-year-old received help after she was sexually abused at the age of 3.
“The reason that I am at Janie’s House is because I experienced sexual abuse at the age of three. […] Through Janie’s House, I can learn a lot about my past and learn I was not the only one that had been through the same problems.”
Tyler described his ability to help those abused and neglected as “a dream come true” for him.
You can watch Steven Tyler’s full speech below:
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler at Youth Villages Bartlett. He helped make this happen. Janie’s House to help abused & neglected girls.https://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/aerosmiths-steven-tyler-opens-janies-house-at-youth-villages-in-bartlett/1755006686
Posted by Local Memphis on Monday, February 4, 2019