At Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen, Friendship is the Daily Special
Founded in 2011 by veteran rocker and serial social entrepreneur Jon Bon Jovi, Soul Kitchen is a community restaurant located in Red Bank, N. J., where there are no reservations or prices on the menus. The concept is similar to the philosophy that fuels Shanaka Fernando’s Lentil As Anything, a chain of restaurants that allows guests to pay what they can afford or wish to contribute.
Soul Kitchen is just one of the projects within Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness for individuals and families in the United States. Soul Kitchen’s goal is to combat hunger and to develop a feeling of community by creating a restaurant where “all are welcome at the table” and where “friendship is the daily special.” read more →
According to NBC News, Rajesh Kumar Sharma teaches at least 30 children every day. Most of the children come from neighboring poor villages.
For two hours every weekday, Sharma leaves his day-job at a general store in Shakarpur — his brother fills in for him — so that he can teach the children, reported Yahoo News.
“We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter –
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’.
They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: ‘What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?’
‘Wait for it and you will see.’
Some more people enter.
Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go.
The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’. read more →
For many, Stone is their only hope for a haircut. Mondays, Stuart Stone volunteers his services at the Weigand Homeless Day Center in Salt Lake City. That longstanding appointment began 19 years ago when a boyfriend died of AIDS.
“I had this other friend that was talking to me,” Stone recalls. “She said, ‘What’s going on?’ and I said, “Well, my weekends are just too long, you know.'” read more →