Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

After he met victims of abuse at a rehab, Steven Tyler decided he would do something to help them. He started 'Janie's Fund' which has now helped open a home for them.
When he's not sharing his music with the world, Aerosmith's frontman, Steven Tyler keeps himself busy by doing good. Tyler has had a special interest in doing what he can to help women who have been abused after hearing horrifying firsthand accounts when he was in rehab. He took all that he learned and poured it into Aerosmith's 1989 hit song "Janie's Got a Gun." The song is about a girl whose father abused her. After years of suffering, she finally takes revenge on him. Drawing inspiration from the song, Tyler has opened a home for abused and neglected girls named 'Janie's House'. The first ever 'Janie's House' was opened in Atlanta in 2017, and the second one was officially opened just outside Memphis on Monday. The rock legend was there for a symbolic 'scarf-cutting' ceremony after which the 82-acre home was declared open. He even donated $500,000 towards renovation costs attached to the beautiful property.
Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

Located in the Youth Villages Bartlett Campus, it can house up to 14 girls and give them a safe place to recuperate. The girls will be given all the care, support and professional help they need to heal so that they can slowly return to regular life. The main objective of Tyler's project is to help generate increased awareness on the subjects of neglect and abuse. It also aims to raise money for the cause and provide girls in need with the best services to help them overcome the pain and trauma that accompany the atrocities that were committed against them.
Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

The home can most likely foster 26-30 girls annually, allowing each and every single one of them to stay as long as they need to. Tyler hopes to open a third home in Las Vegas later this year. The organization that made all this possible is a fund that Tyler created, and of course christened 'Janie's Fund'. Since it first began, it has managed to raise a total of $4 million dollars. You can contribute to the fund too. According to the website, creating Janie's fund has been a longtime goal for Tyler. Especially now as a father and a grandfather, he would like to leave behind a legacy and focus on things that really matter.
Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

"He wants to spend the remaining time he has left on earth doing what he can to help and support others who are in pain," the website reads. It is this desire to do good and give back that led him to partner with Youth Villages - a strong organization that offered effective programs and services. "At Youth Villages, Janie’s Fund operates under a belief in holistic, trauma-informed, evidence-based approaches to help children overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. Youth Villages focuses on trauma-informed care and works to build a stable, loving family around a child. More girls need this type of help that has been proven to work", the website explains.
Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

Partnering with Youth Villages also helped Tyler to hit the ground running in his efforts to help abused and neglected women. He did not have to waste valuable time establishing a whole new organization, allowing Janie's Fund to instantly begin positively impacting lives. The website presents horrifying statistics that cement the fact that there is no time to be wasted in extending help. It says, "In our country, each year more than 500,000 children suffer from serious neglect each year, more than 100,000 children are beaten or physically abused, and 68,000 children are raped or sexually abused. One in 5 girls is sexually abused before they are 18 years old."
Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

If there ever was a fitting example for turning something bad into something good, it's how Steven Tyler found himself wanting to do good. Struggling with an addiction that threatened his very existence, let alone his career little did Tyler know the many ways in which his treatment center for co-dependency would transform him. In his time there he had the opportunity to interact with several women who were victims of emotional and physical abuse. Many of them had turned to substance abuse as a means to cope with the pain of the horrors they endured.
Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

Just like that, a movement that began with just one song is now providing safe havens for women who are broken and bruised in spirit and otherwise where they can heal. What is truly endearing is how much of Tyler's heart is in this project. The stories of the women he met has evidently left a lasting impression on Tyler, who is reported to have visited the home in Atlanta on multiple occasions, spending time with the girls there and learning more about them. The people at Youth Village believe this is why Janie's Fund will be successful for a long time to come.
Aerosmith's Star Steven Tyler Establishes 'Janie's House' – A Home For Abused Girls In Memphis

“This does my heart and my soul good,” Tyler said about the newly opened home in Bartlett, Memphis. JaBrayia, a Janie's House resident shared, “The reason that I am at Janie’s House is because I experienced sexual abuse at the age of three.” Adding, “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.” Tyler could not be happier to be able to truly make a difference. He declared, "I’m gonna bring this Janie’s fund with me wherever I go. It’s like a dream come true."