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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

You can help put an end to youth homelessness in Canada

This June, visit any The Home Depot store and donate $2 to support The Orange Door Project, a campaign to help bring housing and hope to homeless youth in Canada.
Click here to find out what local charity will benefit from your donation.

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:

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.

Announcing our new regional partner!

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is pleased to announce our partnership with Dans la Rue, an exceptional organization that is working to prevent and end youth homelessness in Montreal, QC.

Visit our PARTNERS page to learn more about Dans la Rue and the work we will accomplish together this year!

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.

Annual Report Click here to view our 2014 Annual Report