On October 29, 2013 The Home Depot Canada Foundation released its Thought Leadership White Paper on Youth Homelessness and pledged $10 million to support youth-focused projects, programs and other initiatives.
As part of its focus on affordable housing and youth, this $10 million, three-year commitment will harness the capabilities of The Home Depot Canada Foundation and its network, focusing on renovation and repair projects, life skill development programs, and research and collaboration programs.
The Foundation partnered with Impakt Corporation, a leading global CSR consultancy to explore and uncover the many reasons why addressing the needs of youth is so important in solving the long-term effects of homelessness in Canada.
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is proud to announce its partnerships with three organizations working to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada this year:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (Calgary, AB)Covenant House Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)Phoenix Youth Programs (Halifax, NS)
Visit our PARTNERS page to learn more about these organizations and the work we will accomplish together this year!
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 2013 award winners.
Covenant House Vancouver (CHV) supports youth ages 16 to-24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, those who have been forced from their homes and those who have aged out of foster care. Initially, they meet the basic needs of the youth that arrive at their shelters; this includes food, medical attention and a safe place to sleep. CHV Support Workers then provide youth with the resources required to make a fresh start – this can include anything from counselling to assistance seeking employment and/or permanent housing. Their Rights of Passage program offers youth a long-term transitional housing program and a continuum of support services after they are out of immediate crisis. Here is one story:Jason had been staying in our shelter for just a few weeks; it was his goal to get a job.After a successful interview, Jason got a job in a kitchen in a very fast paced restaurant on Granville Street. Everyone was very eager to see how he felt when he came home from his first shift.It was late at night when Jason returned to the shelter with a dinner courtesy of his work and a big smile on his tired face. When asked how his first shift had gone, the grin on his face indicated that it had gone very well. He responded well to the responsibility of having a job.Jason walked around the common room that night looking different—he was walking taller and oozed a new sense of accomplishment. Jason's expression was priceless and staff couldn't help but feel incredibly proud of him and happy for him.Weeks have passed since this event but Jason has a smile that says, “Look what I can do. I will make mistakes along the way, and thatâs okay. I can learn from my mistakes and change my life path. I can do things by myself and make my own decisions.”Covenant House Vancouver was the recipient of a $25,000 The Home Depot Canada Foundation Affordable Housing Grant in 2013. This program assists registered charities making repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to their housing accommodations for youth, allowing staff to focus their resources on service delivery.