Belfast Telegraph

Bon Jovi visits homeless shelter

Jon Bon Jovi may no longer own a sports team in Philadelphia, but he still keeps the place close to his soul, opening a new homeless shelter.

The rocker has returned to the city to lend his star power to the opening of a new centre for teenagers and young adults.

The New Jersey native, a longtime advocate for homeless causes, said allowing young people to fall through society's cracks "denies all of us their talents and visions".

The Covenant House facility will house 20 people, aged 18 to 21, many of whom have aged out of the foster-care system or formerly lived on the streets.

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation contributed to the 3 million dollar facility. The Livin' on a Prayer singer used to be an owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He was recently named to US president Barack Obama's White House Council for Community Solutions.

Bon Jovi has been rocking for more than two decades with songs including Bed of Roses and It's My Life. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Covenant House works with homeless young adults in the US, Canada and Latin America.


From Belfast Telegraph