“The mission of Janie’s Fund does my heart and my soul good,” Steven Tyler said in a statement.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is a rockstar on the stage, no doubt. His song, Janie's Got A Gun is quite controversial, but it did get him a Grammy and also told the plight of abused young girls. Now, what most people don't know about Steven Tyler is that he is a rockstar off the stage, too. The song garnered a lot of attention because it was about everything that was unspoken of. But, Tyler did not stop at simply writing songs that spoke about the abuse women had to go through. In fact, he went on to start a charity named Janie's Fund and donated half-a-million dollars from the fund to renovate a home in Memphis, as per Billboard.
The place is operated by Youth Villages—a national foundation that helps girls cope with emotional, behavioral, and mental problems, and is now renamed Janie's House. “The mission of Janie’s Fund does my heart and my soul good,” Tyler said in a statement. “This is real - to help even just one girl through Janie’s House is a dream come true… just when the world feels over, you can turn into a butterfly.” In early 2019, the Dream On singer attended the opening of the home for a 'scarf-cutting' ceremony and said, “This does my heart and my soul good. As you can only imagine, being in a band with guys for 50 years, you can have problems."
He continued: "And rather than quit, I decided to go to this treatment center for co-dependency." Janie's home will provide shelter to 14 girls at a time and will help them with therapy in order to live healthier and happier lives in the future. The scarf cutting was rather iconic, because it was one of his signature scarves, and it shows just how much the whole thing means to him. Tyler has been open about his battle with drugs and alcohol and while he was in treatment himself, he noticed that nearly all women at one point, have been abused emotionally or physically, reported the Memphis Commerical Appeal. Tyler said, "That touched me. So when I got out of there, I laid that all on Janie."
He added, "All the girls I met had been abused either physically, mentally, verbally, you know. At least 90 percent of ‘em all." The musician went on to share a story about a 14-year-old who suffered from abuse at a young age, adding that all it took to heal her was a bit of nurturing, loving, and caring space; as it made all the difference in the world. JaBrayia, a resident of Janie's home said, "The reason that I am at Janie’s House is that 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.” The Aerosmith frontman revealed that he has no immediate plans to stop what he's doing.
I want to take a moment to appreciate a few people doing great things. Steven Tyler, Janie's House an abuse shelter he opened for abuse victims. Ashton Kutcher helping young kids around the world from being sex trafficked. Finally, Terry Crews advocate for sexual assault victims.— Tiffy 💖💜💙 (@SexyFlexy96) April 3, 2019
He also added that he will keep focusing on how to help as many survivors as possible. To date, Janie's fund has raised about $4-million and this is the second home that has been opened by the 71-year-old rockstar. He said, "I’m gonna bring this Janie’s Fund with me wherever I go. It’s like a dream come true.” Back in 2017, he opened the first shelter house in Atlanta. According to a report by KDVR, Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages said, "We wouldn’t be here at all if it wasn’t for Steven and his dream of Janie’s Fund." We really need more people like Steven Tyler, don't we?