Bon Jovi: Glad to help

There are 20 comments on the Mar 1, 2013, Green Bay Press-Gazette story titled Bon Jovi: Glad to help. In it, Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that:

On a new song called "What's Left of Me," one of the world's biggest rock stars channels the voices of a farmer, a factory worker, a military veteran, even an unsuccessful musician -- ordinary folks, all struggling to adapt to changing circumstances in our country.

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Melissa

Provo, UT

#1 Mar 2, 2013
How awesome is that? I just love this man!:)
Nofanofjbj

Bronx, NY

#2 Mar 2, 2013
Throwing up now! He just had to stop washing dishes. Oh Jon your just so wonderful to the poor and sick. Soul kitchen is a write off and a front. No one here cares about your restaurant or you except people who want to rub elbows or the ones in the same circle. He doesnt roll up his sleeves around here anymore or less than everyone else who comes from monmouth county. Attacking Bruce is NOT a good thing. Spare us from your conceited remarks.

Since: Jul 11

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#3 Mar 2, 2013
Melissa wrote:
How awesome is that? I just love this man!:)
Very awesome!:)

Thanks for posting it.
Nofanofjbj

United States

#4 Mar 3, 2013
Jon is arrogant and obnoxious. What a self serving thing to say. They want to wash dishes for dignity and self empowerment. So he had to step aside. What an inconsiderate sob elitist.

Since: Jul 11

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#5 Mar 3, 2013
Nofanofjbj wrote:
Jon is arrogant and obnoxious. What a self serving thing to say. They want to wash dishes for dignity and self empowerment. So he had to step aside. What an inconsiderate sob elitist.
Totally disagree with you. The point of someone choosing to wash the dishes or any other job at the Soul Kitchen is so they don't feel like they are being given a handout. By working for their meal it helps to build up their self esteem by empowering them that they are helping themselves and others who also are in need of a good meal. It's more empowering to give someone a hand up, not a hand out.

I think the community is lucky as hell to have Dorothea and Jon. People who take the time to figure out how to really help people by not only feeding their body but nourishing their mind with good thoughts about themselves. Hopefully that helps prompt them to take more steps to empower themselves outside of the Soul Kitchen. Neither of them are perfect just as none of us are, but bless both of them for their work.

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#6 Mar 3, 2013
That was suppose to be "god bless" both of them. Autocorrect might be programmed by an atheist. hehe

Since: Dec 11

United States

#7 Mar 3, 2013
Paulaluvsbj wrote:
<quoted text>Totally disagree with you. The point of someone choosing to wash the dishes or any other job at the Soul Kitchen is so they don't feel like they are being given a handout. By working for their meal it helps to build up their self esteem by empowering them that they are helping themselves and others who also are in need of a good meal. It's more empowering to give someone a hand up, not a hand out.

I think the community is lucky as hell to have Dorothea and Jon. People who take the time to figure out how to really help people by not only feeding their body but nourishing their mind with good thoughts about themselves. Hopefully that helps prompt them to take more steps to empower themselves outside of the Soul Kitchen. Neither of them are perfect just as none of us are, but bless both of them for their work.
Very well said!! I wish there was a LIKE button!!!!
Nofanofjbj

New York, NY

#8 Mar 3, 2013
There is nothing wrong with someone doing honest work for something in return I agree with that. But neither Jon nor Dorothea came up with this idea. Jon probably read Jon steinbeck, ha. However, talk about getting on a soap box. This is and always will be Jon. Its all about him. If he had some class to him he wouldnt even mention it but thats all he does. He uses people and situations to make himself look better. People who dont live here have not a clue what this county has or doesnt have as far as resources or who hel lp s. Seriously, you think Jon is like some God here. Far from it. Nourishing their minds? What do you, these people dont know that their poor? They dont need some snotty rich socialistic elitist reminding them. Jon is nothing to people around here thats why he tries to convince everyone else out there that he is. There are far more here wno give much more for a lot longer than him. Spare me, I dont agree with Bruces political views but at least he has some class to him. Lets see what other books Jon and Dorothea read in the future. Oh what will they bring us next. "please sir, may I have some more."
Jasper

Australia

#9 Mar 3, 2013
Nofanofjbj wrote:
There is nothing wrong with someone doing honest work for something in return I agree with that. But neither Jon nor Dorothea came up with this idea."
Jon never said he did. Jon and Dorothea were watching a news report and Dorothea turned to Jon and said that's your next project. He has always said they never started it, its been done before.
BJ Fan

New Albany, OH

#10 Mar 3, 2013
Paulaluvsbj wrote:
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Totally disagree with you. The point of someone choosing to wash the dishes or any other job at the Soul Kitchen is so they don't feel like they are being given a handout. By working for their meal it helps to build up their self esteem by empowering them that they are helping themselves and others who also are in need of a good meal. It's more empowering to give someone a hand up, not a hand out.
I think the community is lucky as hell to have Dorothea and Jon. People who take the time to figure out how to really help people by not only feeding their body but nourishing their mind with good thoughts about themselves. Hopefully that helps prompt them to take more steps to empower themselves outside of the Soul Kitchen. Neither of them are perfect just as none of us are, but bless both of them for their work.
you said it perfectly. some people will throw stones just to do so. thanks for this post.
BJ Fan

New Albany, OH

#11 Mar 3, 2013
Nofanofjbj wrote:
There is nothing wrong with someone doing honest work for something in return I agree with that. But neither Jon nor Dorothea came up with this idea. Jon probably read Jon steinbeck, ha. However, talk about getting on a soap box. This is and always will be Jon. Its all about him. If he had some class to him he wouldnt even mention it but thats all he does. He uses people and situations to make himself look better. People who dont live here have not a clue what this county has or doesnt have as far as resources or who hel lp s. Seriously, you think Jon is like some God here. Far from it. Nourishing their minds? What do you, these people dont know that their poor? They dont need some snotty rich socialistic elitist reminding them. Jon is nothing to people around here thats why he tries to convince everyone else out there that he is. There are far more here wno give much more for a lot longer than him. Spare me, I dont agree with Bruces political views but at least he has some class to him. Lets see what other books Jon and Dorothea read in the future. Oh what will they bring us next. "please sir, may I have some more."
Why are you here? seems to me you just want to start something whenever you can that you know will piss people off.
Whether you like his motives or not for starting thses charities & the restaurant you cannot deny that it is HELPING PEOPLE. not only that at least he is doing more than most people do which probably includes you. Now get lost & take your rants with you.
Nofanofjbj

United States

#12 Mar 4, 2013
sorry bjfan I can be whereever I want just like you. Just because you dont like my views you are a gokd little bon jovi attack dog and call them rants. If you all remember correctly I was commenting on Jons interview in the press. He is the one who said that he had to step aside to let someone wash dishes and that Bruce Springsteen doesnt help others like he does. He is promot ok ng himself. Period. He uses the restaurant to make himself look good. Bruce has done plenty around here. Dont forget people like Bruce and myself included are from hsre not Jon. You dont know what everyone else has done because we are raised to not brag about it nor do we expose others who are poor or sick to make ourselves look better. Jon is a nobody around here compared to Bruce so he should shut up. He must have read the Pavlov experiment, too..he uses innocent people to get what he wants. You dont expose poor people thats not giving them dignity. He has no class.
lisa

Brockton, MA

#13 Mar 4, 2013
You do realize that Jon could have 'made himself look good' just by cutting a check to an already existing sooup kitchen or food bank, right? Hell, why not an even million? How kind of him! How generous!

Or Jon could have opened his own soup kitchen-type establishment. Where it's all just handouts and no one has to do anything in return. If he just wanted to make himself look good, if he just wanted self-promotion, why bother with charging anyone? The books are easier to keep and it's all one big tax break if the Soul Foundation just cuts a check for the expenses every year.

He's engaging the community. He's bringing people in who otherwise would not go there and be a part of it. He washed the dishes because it needed to be done. I could be mistaken, but I think the only actual employee is the head chef Zeet. There may be more, but the bottom line is they don't have a ton of employees, they rely on volunteers. If not enough volunteers show up on any given day, the behind the scenes work still needs to be done. Food prep, waiting tables, and yes, doing the dishes.
lisa

Brockton, MA

#14 Mar 4, 2013
As for his comment about Bruce, he was just pointing out that some people engage in charitable endeavors by writing a check, others actually do the work it takes to make things happen. I can write a check and donate to the American Cancer Society and tell myself I'm helping to make things better, but someone has to work in a lab. I'm not going to cure cancer on my own. The donation itself is not going to bring about a cure. It's the same premise with the Soul Kitchen. Jon can fund it, we can all send money to help, but you still need someone there on site to actually make the Kitchen run. It's Jon's name on the project. To get it up and running and get it to the point where you can rely on volunteers, you have to be willing to do the work yourself to start with.
Nofanofjbj

Whippany, NJ

#15 Mar 5, 2013
First of all, Jon is very good friends with certain political red bank people and I heard they send these people out to "clean up the town of red bank". Cuts back on workers just flr some food which is not right. Everyone needs food. People dont want to have to humble themselves like a piece of you no what to some guy who thinks hes God just to feed themselves but people will do anything if they are hungry enough. Jon is taking advantage of their hunger. as far as the restaurant being not a handout place, well Jon sure used the media enough to show oh look how different my place is...gets good press and was during same time of political endevours. It is a write off and a big one just like his fake farming. Also, no one was happy with Jon when he went after a local small business in red bank for a name on a drink which had nothing to do with him but of course mr. ego thought it did. As far as Bruce goes, he has done many many things around here but doesnt talk about it. Jon needs to stop acting like hes some kind of big shot around here because hes not. He uses poor people to brag about what a wonderful guy he is. Its called brainwashing. Case in point...you fans that gush.
lisa

Brockton, MA

#16 Mar 5, 2013
Nofanofjbj wrote:
First of all, Jon is very good friends with certain political red bank people and I heard they send these people out to "clean up the town of red bank". Cuts back on workers just flr some food which is not right. Everyone needs food. People dont want to have to humble themselves like a piece of you no what to some guy who thinks hes God just to feed themselves but people will do anything if they are hungry enough. Jon is taking advantage of their hunger. as far as the restaurant being not a handout place, well Jon sure used the media enough to show oh look how different my place is...gets good press and was during same time of political endevours. It is a write off and a big one just like his fake farming. Also, no one was happy with Jon when he went after a local small business in red bank for a name on a drink which had nothing to do with him but of course mr. ego thought it did. As far as Bruce goes, he has done many many things around here but doesnt talk about it. Jon needs to stop acting like hes some kind of big shot around here because hes not. He uses poor people to brag about what a wonderful guy he is. Its called brainwashing. Case in point...you fans that gush.
Clearly you're not going to be dining at the Soul Kitchen. So be it. You've chosen to see the glass not half empty, but rather not even on the table. Would you like fries with that cynicism?

As far as your mention of fake farming: yes, some people could be accused of that with things like 'farming hay', since even if that is being done the owners can still walk around, ride horses, have their kids play there on that part of the property, etc...but Jon has a section of his property devoted to honey bees. If you had an area of your property swarming with bees would you let your kids play there? Would you lay out trying to get a tan there? Have cookouts during the summer? Of course not, there are bees all over the place. That's the only thing being done there. The land is used for that purpose alone.

The legislation that allows Jon to get that tax break was put in place in 1964 when he was two. He is in compliance with the law. If the law bothers other citizens of NJ that much then they should be lobbying their state legislators to change it. Just b*tching about the fact that Jon legitimately and legally avails himself of such a law does not help the situation.
jbjfan

Manchester, CT

#17 Mar 5, 2013
Lisa, couldn't agree with you more. As a former "farm" owner in NJ, the law is there, we followed all the laws and did what had to be done to keep the farm in the family. Jon is no different if he has the land set aside for that use and NJ law says its legal then why shouldn't he use it. There a several big name people in NJ that take advantage of that law. Some of them do nothing else to help the community, which is their choice. Jon chooses to help. If you don't like what he does don't go to the Soul Kitchen, don't by the CD, that's your choice.

Since: Jan 09

Audubon, Pennsylvania

#18 Mar 5, 2013
lisa wrote:
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Clearly you're not going to be dining at the Soul Kitchen. So be it. You've chosen to see the glass not half empty, but rather not even on the table. Would you like fries with that cynicism?
As far as your mention of fake farming: yes, some people could be accused of that with things like 'farming hay', since even if that is being done the owners can still walk around, ride horses, have their kids play there on that part of the property, etc...but Jon has a section of his property devoted to honey bees. If you had an area of your property swarming with bees would you let your kids play there? Would you lay out trying to get a tan there? Have cookouts during the summer? Of course not, there are bees all over the place. That's the only thing being done there. The land is used for that purpose alone.
The legislation that allows Jon to get that tax break was put in place in 1964 when he was two. He is in compliance with the law. If the law bothers other citizens of NJ that much then they should be lobbying their state legislators to change it. Just b*tching about the fact that Jon legitimately and legally avails himself of such a law does not help the situation.
the honey from his farm (and others in the area) is donated to the Soul Kitchen and sold to those interested in purchasing it to also raise money for this cause. Jon talks about the Soul Kitchen in hopes of other cities being able to do the same thing -- not because of his ego!
BJ Fan

New Albany, OH

#19 Mar 5, 2013
Nofanofjbj wrote:
sorry bjfan I can be whereever I want just like you. Just because you dont like my views you are a gokd little bon jovi attack dog and call them rants. If you all remember correctly I was commenting on Jons interview in the press. He is the one who said that he had to step aside to let someone wash dishes and that Bruce Springsteen doesnt help others like he does. He is promot ok ng himself. Period. He uses the restaurant to make himself look good. Bruce has done plenty around here. Dont forget people like Bruce and myself included are from hsre not Jon. You dont know what everyone else has done because we are raised to not brag about it nor do we expose others who are poor or sick to make ourselves look better. Jon is a nobody around here compared to Bruce so he should shut up. He must have read the Pavlov experiment, too..he uses innocent people to get what he wants. You dont expose poor people thats not giving them dignity. He has no class.
I am not an attack dog as you put it just someone who can clearly see you are only here to tell us all how much you hate Jon & he will never change your mind no matter what he does.

Since: Feb 13

Pleasantville, NJ

#20 Mar 6, 2013
Paulaluvsbj wrote:
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Totally disagree with you. The point of someone choosing to wash the dishes or any other job at the Soul Kitchen is so they don't feel like they are being given a handout. By working for their meal it helps to build up their self esteem by empowering them that they are helping themselves and others who also are in need of a good meal. It's more empowering to give someone a hand up, not a hand out.
I think the community is lucky as hell to have Dorothea and Jon. People who take the time to figure out how to really help people by not only feeding their body but nourishing their mind with good thoughts about themselves. Hopefully that helps prompt them to take more steps to empower themselves outside of the Soul Kitchen. Neither of them are perfect just as none of us are, but bless both of them for their work.
Paula, you are totally right! Soul Kitchen is an awesome place and a few of the people who go for a meal and then do chores have told me that they feel worthwhile, like having a job and being part of the community at least for that little while. I think the government should do the same thing Jon has set up, work a little, get paid a little. Everyone says we can't afford to support the poor, the unemployed, and others. Well, look at all that is crumbling in our cities! Give people jobs for welfare money, like Jon gives a meal for washing dishes! Detractors here don't know Jon or Dorothea but if they did, they would understand what truly good people really are all about.

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