Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is all about rocking the airwaves, but he’s also quite generous, and he recently reminded us of that again when he opened a home for girls who have been neglected or abused.
According to CBS station WREG, the 70-year-old attended a “scarf-cutting” ceremony on Monday, February 4 to open “Janie’s House” outside of Memphis, Tennessee. The rocker helped renovate the home and named it after his band’s hit song, “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which is all about a girl who seeks revenge on her abusive father.
The new house is located at Youth Villages — an organization that helps families deal with emotional, mental and behavioral problems — in Bartlett, Tennessee. The local news outlet revealed that the “Dream On” singer has already contributed $500,000 to the charity, which helped open the second Janie’s Home location (the first is in Atlanta).
“This does my heart and my soul good. This is real,” Steven said at the ceremony. “All the girls I met had been abused either physically, mentally, verbally, you know. At least 90 percent of them all.” Janie’s House will reportedly be able to take in 14 girls at a time with a total of about 26 to 30 per year. Staff will provide support and therapy for the young women while they live there.
Steven isn’t the only musician who is all about giving back as Elton John has also contributed a ton to society over the years, especially to support HIV prevention. “I started [the Elton John AIDS Foundation] 26 or 27 years ago and it’s something that we still need to do because there are more and more people who need our support,” the 71-year-old once exclusively told Closer. “Especially marginalized people. People who are in the deep south who are gay and thrown out by their families. We need people to understand [HIV] is not a contagious disease. We need empathy in this world that we live in now.” He added, “We live in a very fractured world, and the more empathy we can get for people who need — prisoners, trans people, gay, black people. If you leave those people behind, you’re never gonna cure the disease.”
We hope more people like Steven and Elton will continue to do their part to give back and continue to improve our world!