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Bon Jovi opens homeless shelter in Camden

The ribbon cutting
The ribbon cuttingALEX LLOYD GROSS

Jon Bon Jovi is no stranger when giving to charity. He is a huge benefactor in the Josephs House in Camden NJ. which had it's first full day of operation yesterday April 2 2014. , after the grand opening. The singer worked with others who poured hours of time and energy to bring this place to fruition.

After a short succession of speeches, it was time to cut the ribbon. Speeches are a necessary evil. They are for those that worked and are thanked for their efforts. The remarks were kept brief save for one of the residents of Joseph's house called Jamacia. He rambled on in broken English for close to five minutes . Those in the crowd trying hard to hear what he was saying.

The homeless problem in Camden is exacerbated by a declining economy where big corporations are outsourcing workers in favor of overseas workers that will do American jobs for pennies an hour. Those that are unemployed or under employed have lost their houses due to insane banking regulations that allow banks to get away with predatory lending practices. Even when banks like Washington Mutual go out of business for incompetent decisions it does not help those people who's lives they messed up.

Josephs House does. It is located at 555 Atlantic Ave. It is able to accommodate 75 people. It opened during this winter when it was needed most. According to John Klein,the director, "If we were not here,people would be sleeping in abandoned buildings or on the street.".

After a few months of getting the kinks out and making sure everything was running smooth, it was time to get a ribbon and have a real grand opening. It was time to thank all those that worked hard to put this plan into a reality and it was a good chance to see Jon Bon Jovi again.

http://www.josephshouseofcamden.org/

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