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

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“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.

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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 month, 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.

All proceeds raised in your community will support a local youth-serving housing charity. Click here to find out what local charity will benefit from your donation. Click here to find out what local charity will benefit from your donation.

Not working on a home improvement project this month? You can show your support by making a secure online donation today.

Choices for Youth to benefit from proceeds raised by The Home Depot St. John's Store associates during The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign.

Established in 1990, Choices for Youth is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides youth in St. John's, NL with a range of supportive housing options and access to a variety of services that promote healthy personal development.

Proceeds raised through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign by associates at The Home Depot St. John's store will support the maintenance and operating costs (i.e. food and clothes for youth, programming costs) of Choice's two youth shelter locations.

Choices for Youth was the recipient of a The Home Depot Canada Foundation Affordable Housing Grant in 2014. The grant allowed them to make improvements to the worn out flooring in the bathrooms, kitchens and living areas of four of their youth transitional housing units as well as to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

The Home Depot Curity and Morningside store associates raising funds for Kennedy House Youth Services

Established in 1971, Kennedy House Youth Services provides therapeutic residential care to troubled youth in the GTA in family-like residences and group homes. This includes a shelter in East York and four group homes throughout the city.

Funds raised by The Home Depot Curity and Morningside store associates through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign will support programming designed to help the youth served by Kennedy House to gain the confidence and insight they need to follow their dreams, as well as take steps toward securing employment and permanent housing.

The Home Depot Nanaimo associates bring housing and hope to young people supported by Nanaimo Youth Services Association

Nanaimo Youth Services Association (NYSA) is a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable society that provides a range of residential and supportive services to vulnerable and homeless youth in the Nanaimo Regional District.

Funds raised by The Home Depot Nanaimo store associates through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign will support the purchase of towels and toiletries, proper business attire for youth to wear to job interviews and the workplace and other necessities that youth coming from a state of homelessness need in order to move forward with their lives.

NYSA was the recipient of a grant through The Home Depot Canada Foundation's 2014 The Orange Door Project grant program.

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:

ORGANIZATION LOCATION
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!

Annual Report Click here to view our 2014 Annual Report