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

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“Our commitment to ending youth homelessness in Canada is built on a growing understanding of the important relationship between affordable housing and support services for youth. By supporting renovation and repair projects and programs that provide youth with critical resources, we are helping them build brighter futures.”
– Bill Lennie, Chair
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.

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Learn more about this issue by reading our White Paper.
We have fulfilled $4.18M of our $10M commitment

Thank you to all The Home Depot customers who participated in The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign in June. With your help we raised over $1.2 million!

From May 28 – July 2, The Orange Door Project, a campaign to help bring housing and hope to homeless youth in Canada took place at all The Home Depot stores across Canada. During this time, customers were invited to purchase a (paper) 'orange door' at the checkout.

We are pleased to announce that together, we raised more than $1.2 million for youth-serving charities across the country - Thank you for your support!

Click here to find out which charity benefitted from donations made in your community.

Orillia Youth Centre benefits from more than $17,000 raised by The Home Depot Orillia store during The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign.

The Home Depot associates at the Orillia, ON store pledged to be one of the biggest fundraisers of this year's The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign and they succeeded! During the campaign, they raised $17,388 for their local charitable partner.

Store associates selected the Orillia Youth Centre as their charitable partner again for this year's campaign so they could build on their current partnership and provide much needed support to local youth who require the services they provide.

The Orillia Youth Centre provides a safe, supervised resource and drop in centre for local youth. They also deliver workshops and provide referrals to other service providers in the community based on the unique needs of each youth they support.

The Home Depot Kelowna store associates raise $13,124 to support vulnerable and homeless youth in their community through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign.

For 36 days, associates at The Home Depot Kelowna store and their customers rallied together to help local at-risk and homeless youth.

From May 28 to July 2, all customers were invited to purchase a 'paper door' as part of The Orange Door Project, a campaign to help bring housing and hope to homeless youth in Canada.

The $13,124 raised during the campaign by The Home Depot Kelowna store associates will benefit the Kelowna Youth Shelter, a program of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Their Okanagan Club is one of only a few in Canada that offers housing accommodations to up to ten homeless youth each night.

[Funds raised by associates at The Home Depot West Bank store through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign will support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs' Westside Youth Centre].

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of The Orange Door Project grant program!

Congratulations to the recipients of this years' The Orange Door Project grant program which provides grants of up to $50,000 to Canadian registered charities making repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to a housing accommodation or other support facility that benefits homeless youth:

ORGANIZATION LOCATION
Hébergement Jeunesse le TournantMontreal, QC
Auberge Communautaire Sud-OuestMontreal, QC
Avenue des JeunesGatineau, QC
Kingston Youth ShelterKingston, ON
Durham Youth Housing & Support ServicesAjax, ON
360Kids Support ServicesMarkham, ON
YouthlinkToronto, ON
Covenant House TorontoToronto, ON
Wyndham HouseGuelph, ON
Boys and Girls Club of NiagaraNiagara Falls, ON
LutherwoodWaterloo, ON
Youth Opportunities UnlimitedLondon, ON
Safe 'N Sound ResidenceOwen Sound, ON
McMan Youth, Family & Community Services Association - LethbridgeLethbridge, AB
E4CEdmonton, AB
First Nations Friendship CentreVernon, BC
Pacific Community Resources SocietySurrey, BC
Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills SocietyNew Westminster, BC
The Victoria Youth Empowerment SocietyVictoria, BC
The Side Door MinistriesYellowknife, NT

Eva's Initiatives Launches its Phoenix Rising Capital Campaign!

On March 24, representatives from The Home Depot Canada Foundation were on-site to support our partners at Eva's Initiatives in Toronto, ON during the launch of their capital campaign in support of the Eva's Phoenix shelter rebuild project.

It was a wonderful event with inspiring remarks by Toronto Mayor John Tory, City Councillor Joe Cressy, Campaign Chair Lorne Braithwaite and a youth that spoke about his personal experience with homelessness and how Eva's has helped him realize a brighter future. Serge Carestia, Board Director for The Home Depot Canada Foundation spoke about The Home Depot Canada Foundation's long-standing partnership with Eva's and its $1 million donation to the project.

In 2011, ownership of the current site of their shelter (11 Ordnance St) was transferred to Build Toronto for redevelopment and a new location was sought (60 Brant St). Since then, Eva's has secured $8.9M of the $10.3M they require to complete the project at the end of 2015.

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