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

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“We’ve always been committed to helping affordable housing in Canada, and we know that you are more adversely affected the younger you are. By focusing our efforts on youth and housing, we can maximize our resources, help youth realize their potential and build brighter futures.”
– Paulette Minard, General Manager
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.

Thank you for your support!

From May 29 – 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 $946,000 for youth-serving housing charities across the country! Thank you for your support!

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

Niagara Resource Service for Youth (RAFT) benefits from more than $14,500 raised by The Home Depot St. Catharines store during The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign.

The Home Depot associates at the St. Catharines, ON store set a goal for themselves at the beginning of The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign – to sell the most ‘paper doors’ of any other store in Canada – and they succeeded! During the campaign, they raised $14,574 for their local charitable partner.

The St. Catharines store team selected “The RAFT” (Niagara Resource Service for Youth) as their charitable partner after learning about the resources and tools they provide to local, at-risk and homeless youth.

“The RAFT works to ensure the youth they serve successfully reunite with their families or when this isn’t possible, to transition to independent and healthy lives,” explains Kelly Ritossa, Store Manager and The Orange Door Project campaign co-captain. “We are thrilled that the funds we raised will allow the RAFT to expand their programs and continue working at eliminating youth homelessness in the Niagara Region.”

Collectively, associates at all 180 The Home Depot stores across Canada raised more than $946,000 for local youth-serving housing charities.

The Home Depot Calgary store associates raise $44,482 to support vulnerable and homeless youth in Calgary through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign.

For 35 days, associates at The Home Depot Calgary area store associates and their customers rallied together to help local, at-risk and homeless youth.

From May 29 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 $44,482 raised during the campaign by The Home Depot store associates at nine Calgary area stores will benefit The Tree House affordable housing accommodation for youth operated by Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC).

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.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is one of only a few Clubs in Canada that offers emergency, short-term and longer term housing, life skills development programs and support services to local youth.

In addition to support generated through the in-store fundraising campaign, The Home Depot Canada Foundation is proud to have provided support for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary Script program (outreach and life skills development program) as well as renovations at The Tree House affordable housing building as part of their 2014 regional partnership program.

Announcing The Home Depot Canada Foundation's Issues Advisory Council

The Home Depot Canada Foundation established an Issues Advisory Council of stakeholders in the youth homelessness sector to help the Foundation identify program priorities and to develop, execute and evaluate initiatives related to its goal of ending youth homelessness in Canada.

The Issues Advisory Council members are:

  • Dr. Stephen Gaetz, York University and the Canadian Homelessness Research Network (Toronto, ON)
  • Sheldon Pollett, Choices for Youth (St. John’s, NL)
  • Erika Morton, Street Youth Planning Collaborative (Hamilton, ON)
  • Amanda Noble, Raising the Roof (Toronto, ON)
  • Kelly Holmes, RAY (Resource Assistance for Youth) (Winnipeg, MB)
  • David French, Youth Homelessness and Interagency Council on Homelessness Branch, Family Violence Prevention and Homeless Supports Division, Alberta Human Services (Edmonton, AB)

Announcing our Regional Partnerships in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax!

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is proud to announce its partnerships with four 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)
En Marge 12 - 17 (Montreal, QC)
Phoenix Youth Programs (Halifax, NS)

Visit our Partners page to learn more about these organizations and the work we will accomplish together this year!

Annual Report Click here to view our 2013 Annual Report