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The Home Depot Canada Foundation Commits $10 Million To Help Homeless Youth In Canada

“We’ve always been committed to helping affordable housing in Canada, and we know that you are more adversely affected the younger you are. By focusing our efforts on youth and housing, we can maximize our resources, help youth realize their potential and build brighter futures.”
– Paulette Minard, General Manager
The Home Depot Canada Foundation

In October 2013, The Home Depot Canada Foundation released its Thought Leadership White Paper on Youth Homelessness and pledged $10 million to help put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.

We have named this initiative The Orange Door Project.

Over the next three years, along with our community partners, The Home Depot Canada’s suppliers, customers and associates, we will support renovation and repair projects, life skill development programs, and research and collaboration programs that benefit homeless and vulnerable youth.

Together, we can give our youth the opportunity to realize a brighter future.

Learn more about this issue by reading our White Paper.

The Home Depot adds sheen to Street Culture Kidz home for young men!

On October 8, associates from the two The Home Depot stores in Regina partnered to complete a series of small projects at Street Culture Kidz’ residential home for young men. These improvements included landscaping, painting, installing baseboards and building a storage shed.

“It was a busy but rewarding day,” said Karen Ulsifer, Assistant Store Manager and Team Depot Captain at The Home Depot Regina East location. “The youth that participated gained do-it-yourself skills they will be able to use once they move to independent living.”

Street Culture Kidz was the recipient of a $25,000 grant through The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Affordable Housing Grant program in 2013. The funds were used to replace a fire escape, install windows, doors, weather stripping and insulation and repair a veranda and back deck at Gretta Lynn’s Inn, their peer support/stabilization home for boys.

L’Avenue Hébergement Communautaire receives $25,000 grant!

Recently, The Home Depot associates from The Home Depot Beaubien Ouest store in Montreal presented the team at L’Avenue Hébergement Communautaire with a cheque for $25,000.

L’Avenue provides emergency shelter, supportive housing and social housing options as well as life skills supports to men and women aged 18 – 30 years who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Affordable Housing Grant Program is part of The Orange Door Project, the Foundation’s three-year, $10 million pledge to support renovation and repair projects and programs that provide homeless youth with access to safe, stable housing and support services.

The granted funds will be used to reconfigure the kitchen area and living space at their youth residence so a greater number of youth can gather for meals and guest speaker presentations at any one time.

Annual Report Click here to view our 2013 Annual Report