Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler recently donated $500,000 to open a home for abused and neglected girls in Memphis, Tenn.
Tyler attended the opening of Janie’s House on Monday, named after the band’s 1989 smash song called “Janie’s Got a Gun,” local station ABC 6 reported.
The song tells the story of a fictional girl abused by her family, something Tyler previously said he was inspired to write after reading articles about American gun violence.
Janie’s House is reportedly located on the Youth Villages Bartlett Campus and will house 14 girls at a time while they seek therapy and support following neglect or abuse.
“This does my heart and my soul good,” the Grammy-award winning singer said at Monday’s “scarf-cutting ceremony,” a nod to his famous scarf-covered microphone stand.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee opened up about his own problems with addiction at the ceremony, saying he met young women at his treatment center who were abused.
“All the girls I met had been abused either physically, mentally, verbally, you know. At least 90 percent of them all,” said Tyler.
Money for the housing center was donated from Tyler’s philanthropic organization, called Janie’s Fund, which has raised about $4 million, ABC 6 reported.
This is the second house opened by the rock star. The initial Janie’s House was opened in Atlanta in 2017.