Rock star Steven Tyler has opened his second shelter to house and help women who are victims of abuse.
The Aerosmith frontman, 70, attended the scarf-cutting ceremony on Monday for Janie’s House in Memphis, Tennessee.
Named after the band’s 1989 hit song Janie’s Got a Gun – which involves a youngster who sought revenge on her abusive father – the home will house 14 girls at a time and provide support and therapy for them.
‘This does my heart and my soul good. This is real,’ Tyler commented at the ceremony.
He explained how he had visited a treatment center and quickly realized he wanted to help those suffering.
He added: ‘All the girls I met had been abused either physically, mentally, verbally, you know. At least 90 percent of them all.’
The house is located at Youth Villages in Bartlett, with Tyler having donated $500,000 to the charity organisation which helped open the second Janie’s Home location, CBS Memphis station WREG reports.
Tyler first opened a Janie’s House in Atlanta in 2017 and said at the time: ‘I’ve never written a song as beautiful as Janie’s House…this was two years in the making,’ Tyler said on Instagram.
‘Spending the day with these girls…I’m just so proud of them! I’m just relieved they have a safe space to be who they are.
‘To grow into amazing young women who will do great things in the world.’
The father and grandfather’s Janie’s House philanthropic initiative has reportedly raised around $4million.
Youth Villages is a nonprofit organization focused on helping families with emotional and behavioral problems.