Rocker Jon Bon Jovi was on hand last week to open a center for services to Philadelphia’s homeless. People might have expected him to provide song and dance, but his involvement was much more than a speech and cutting a ribbon: His philanthropic organization, The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, helped to sponsor the 11,000 square foot “Hub of Hope” facility.
A previous Hub of Hope began offering services to needy people in 2012, but the new facility is 75 times larger than its original 150-square-foot storefront space. The new building was also backed by the city and Project HOME, a nonprofit organization headed by Sister Mary Scullion, a Roman Catholic nun. Thousands of people come to the Hub of Hope as a springboard to treatment, shelters, and permanent housing. Many shelters and support centers for the homeless open only at night, but the Hub is a year-round daytime center where people can shower, wash clothes, and “begin the process of finding a permanent home,” Scullion said in a statement.
Since 2006, Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia-based organization has played a significant role in the metropolitan area through grants for job training, food programs, and Superstorm Sandy relief. In 2014, the foundation opened an affordable housing facility with 55 apartments for low-income and previously homeless tenants called JBJ Soul Homes.
In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions.