Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steven Tyler has opened a new residential center in Douglasville to help abused and neglected girls in metro Atlanta.
Tyler, longtime lead singer of the band Aerosmith, recently celebrated the opening of his new residential center named Janie’s House, a news release stated. The center is a partnership between his philanthropic organization Janie’s Fund and the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages.
Among Tyler's trademark onstage props are scarves, and his center’s “scarf-cutting” and grand opening took place Dec. 6 at Youth Villages’ Inner Harbour campus in Douglasville. Guests included Tyler, community leaders, donors, Youth Villages’ staff and young women who are residents of the new center.
Janie’s House provides support to vulnerable young girls in the Atlanta Metro Area who are survivors of abuse and neglect. It includes residential accommodations for up to 30 girls annually with access to 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support.
A news release stated Tyler has long had a desire to help with the issue, leading back to the 1980s when he was in a program for his personal recovery. He said he heard a story of a woman who had experienced incredibly painful and debilitating sexual abuse as a child and how those events put her on a path of suffering that eventually led to her abusing drugs to mask the pain.
The song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” released in 1989, told the story of a young girl who was abused by her father. Over the 26 years since that song was released, Tyler said he has often thought about what could have been done to prevent that kind of abuse, such as available help and the prevalence of sexual abuse.
"With Janie’s Fund, Steven is using his big voice to give a voice to the thousands of victims who haven’t had one," the release stated.
Tyler’s dream came true in November 2015 with the creation of Janie’s Fund, in partnership with Youth Villages which operates the Inner Harbour campus in Douglasville.
"The opening of Janie’s House is just one way this dynamic philanthropic initiative is helping girls overcome the trauma they’ve experienced through abuse and neglect."
Tyler is an award-winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist, author and actor. He has sold more than 150 million records, both as solo artist and as a member of the legendary rock band Aerosmith, and has won multiple Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, plus an Emmy Award and the ASCAP Founders Award.
As the lead singer of Aerosmith, Tyler stands as one of the most iconic rock stars in history. During the band’s remarkable career, he has played in front of millions of people and influenced artists from the worlds of rock, hip hop, country music and beyond.
Tyler’s debut solo album, 2016’s “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums charts in both the U.S. and Canada .
In November 2015, Tyler founded his philanthropic initiative Janie’s Fund, online at www.JaniesFund.org, in partnership with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect, the release stated. With the support of donors from more than 38 countries and many influential friends such as Bono, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Miley Cyrus, Sir Elton John, Pink, Ryan Seacrest, Britney Spears, Howard Stern and Carrie Underwood.
Janie’s Fund has raised more than $2.5 million, directly helping more than 525 girls and providing more than 66,000 days of therapeutic care. He is also deeply involved in the fight to protect the rights of established and emerging songwriters as a member of the GRAMMY Creators’ Alliance, and a tireless advocate for raising awareness of addiction issues and recovery solutions, the release stated.