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.
The Building Community Awards program recognizes Team Depot Captains and their fellow associates who have completed exceptional community volunteer projects that exemplify The Home Depot's values of giving back, taking care of our people, doing the right thing and building strong relationships in communities across Canada. Click here to view the 2014 award winners.
On December 4, The Home Depot Canada Foundation hosted a round-table discussion on the prevailing issue of urban youth homelessness and the role that access to employment plays in helping youth succeed. Invited participants included existing Foundation partners that operate youth employment programs, youth currently participating in those programs, The Home Depot associates, The Home Depot suppliers and companies doing work in the youth employment space.
The discussions centred around a number of key themes, including:
The results of this Symposium will form the basis of a position paper to be released by the Foundation in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details.
Incorporating the voices of youth with lived experience is an important component of plans to help put an end to homelessness. Recently The Home Depot Canada Foundation partnered with the Social Planning and Research Council in Hamilton, ON to work with youth from the Street Youth Planning Collaborative. This advisory group was mobilized to help inform the direction of funding decisions for a new program – The Orange Door Award.
The Orange Door Award recognizes non-profit organizations that are providing support that matters to youth, as articulated by youth. The funding awarded through this grant will assist in supporting and growing these programs across Canada.
The winners are:
The Home Depot Canada Foundation would like to thank the following youth who provided their advisory support to this project: