Jenni Rivera's 'Love Foundation' Opens 24-Hour Refuge For Abused Women, Children

Jenni Rivera
Singer Jenni Rivera performs onstage during the 11th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 11, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for LARAS

Jenni Rivera's legacy continues full force with the opening of a 24-hour refuge home for domestic violence victims. The news was revealed earlier this week when Rivera's sister, Rosie Rivera, announced the project.

Jenni's "Love Foundation" will open its first-ever refuge for abused women and children, called "Jenni's Refuge." “I and the whole Rivera family, am proud to continue to build on Jenni’s legacy,” said Rosie, who is head of Jenni Rivera Enterprises, in a statement.  “Jenni is all about living life to its fullest and giving back to the fans and the people. We honor her memory by continuing to grow the amazing empire she built.”

The late singer's "Love Foundation" is an international non-profit organization with the mission to help single mothers, who have suffered illness, poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse, to rise again.

According to Billboard, the new project will launch May 19 in association with New Life Beginnings and is funded by the Jenni Vive concerts playing in U.S. cities. "Jenni's Refuge" is a 35-room facility for women and children with 24/7 assistance. Billboard reports that the refuge and foundation plan to open more homes in several cities around the country. 

The "Love Foundation" inaugurated in Long Beach, California, due to the Diva de la Banda's personal experience with domestic abuse. As a young mother, the "La Gran Señora" singer battled with being a single mom of five and suffered with abuse from her previous relationships. The foundation became stronger when Jenni became an top-selling international star. 

According to the organization's website, Jenni felt the need to help her community and the women who were in her shoes. "Giving is what truly makes me happy," was the phrase that the Banda songstress mostly said. Following the deadly plane crash that killed Jenni and part of her team on December 9, 2012, the "Love Foundation" continues to help women under the reign of Jacqie Campos, Jenni's second daughter. 

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Jessica Lucia Roiz

Jessica L. Roiz is a Miami-based bilingual journalist of Nicaraguan descent. In addition to Latin Times, she's published in VOXXI, The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, La Opinion, El Nuevo Herald, The Latin Kitchen and more. With over 10-years experience in digital media, she's nothing but passionate and creative with her work. When she's not writing or editing videos, she can be found listening to rock en Español, dancing bachata, reading Paulo Coelho, missing Selena Quintanilla or relaxing in Nicaragua. She's also the founder of ALoNica con la Roiz and PulsoPOP