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

“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.

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

Building Community Award Winners Announced

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.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation hosts Symposium on youth unemployment

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:

  • youth require stable housing in order to find and maintain employment
  • employment programs must offer a continuum of skills training that fit a young person's specific needs (based on their age, employment readiness, prior experience and current life circumstances).
  • employers who are willing to engage in a youth-serving employment program must maintain an open line of communication with the facilitating charitable agency (outline clear expectations and have ongoing dialogue about successes and challenges on a case-by-case basis).

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.

Youth Advisory Committee selects winners of the Orange Door Award

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:

  • Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society (Grande Prairie, AB)
  • Nanaimo Youth Services Association (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Peel Youth Village (Mississauga, ON)
  • YES Shelter for Youth and Families (Peterborough, ON)

The Home Depot Canada Foundation would like to thank the following youth who provided their advisory support to this project:

  • Eve Esewi
  • Chukky Ibe
  • Kyla Stewart
  • Anna Downs
  • Adeoluwa Ogunlewe
  • Maddie Gritzan
  • Maddi Bailey
Annual Report Click here to view our 2014 Annual Report