Thursday, April 21, 2011

Soul Foundation homeless shelter + restaurant

The Soul Foundation's new homeless shelter and planned "pay what you can" restaurant in Philly has made a few waves even on a few Australian news sites. From Contactmusic:
Celebrity philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi was on hand to boost the spirits of displaced youths on Tuesday (19Apr11) when he helped to open a homeless shelter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The rocker is a longtime supporter of homeless charities and he donated money to fund the $3 million (£1.88 million) facility via his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation .

He joined Covenant House International president Kevin Ryan to launch the new accommodation, which will house 20 youngsters between the ages of 18 and 21, explaining that failing to support troubled youths "denies all of us their talents and visions".

And from the Asbury Park Press:
RED BANK — The foundation started by Central Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi plans to open its first community restaurant on Monmouth Street, where, pending local approvals, no one will get denied a good, nutritious meal.

Plans were filed late last month by the Philadelphia based Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to convert a former auto repair shop to a neighborhood restaurant that will serve low-cost or no-cost meals to the community.

"This will be our first community kitchen, it would be fantastic if it took off and we could replicate it," said Mimi Box, executive director of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. "This is operated just like a restaurant. People can bring their families, they have a selection of items and have options to pay cash or volunteer."

Volunteers can work at the kitchen or with other local charities that need volunteers that the foundation hopes to work with, she said. Those who can afford to pay, could also donate more toward another person's meal, Box said.

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