US musician Jon Bon Jovi has visited the future site of Joseph’s House of Camden in New Jersey in an effort to ensure that Camden’s homeless would no longer just be 'livin’ on a prayer.'
- CNS/The Catholic Weekly
'Today we have the opportunity to see the progress on what a year ago was just a vision,' Bon Jovi, a New Jersey native, said. He was joined by leaders of the Camden diocese, Camden Mayor Dana Redd and donors as well as individuals who benefited from Joseph’s House.
First opening near the city’s business district in 2010, Joseph’s House has served as a temporary, six-month facility offering food and shelter for Camden’s chronically homeless during the winter months.
Last summer, a 17,000-square-foot facility was acquired, and when completed at the end of this year or early next year, the new Joseph’s House will accommodate 75 adults each night. It will provide food, shelter and services year-round for Camden’s homeless.
'We not only realise the need for safe and accessible shelter, but also the need to have many services provided under one roof, and help [the homeless] secure a more stable future, by having the opportunity to take the next step,' Bon Jovi said.
The house is partially funded by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which, since 2006, has helped families and individuals in economic despair by assisting programs that provide food and affordable housing, social services and job-training programs. According to the facility’swebsite, the newly acquired building will undergo three months of renovation.