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.”
– Jeff Kinnaird, 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.
The third annual The Orange Door Project campaign kicked off on September 1st with launch events and rallies taking place across the country. From September 1st to October 9th, customers were invited to purchase a $2.00 orange ‘paper door.’ 100% of the funds raised go directly to youth-serving housing charities in the community.
All 182 of the Home Depot stores in Canada united in the effort to put an end to youth homelessness and create a brighter future for youth.
The campaign raised $1.15 M this year and will support 121 unique charities.
The Orillia Youth Centre provides the community with a safe, supervised gathering place for youth.
The Centre provides marginalized, at-risk and homeless youth (ages 11-17) with appropriate programs, referrals to other community agencies and services and the opportunity to engage in relevant programs that meet their needs (i.e. emergency housing/shelter, counselling, support services, crisis-intervention, in and out of school support, employment related support, etc.)
Funds raised through The Orange Door Project campaign will be used to provide healthy food, transportation, clothing, and youth related programming.
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:
1. Youth Impact Jeunesse (Moncton, NB)
2. Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth (Smiths Falls, ON)
3. Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (Sudbury, ON)
4. Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba (Brandon, MB)
The Home Depot Canada Foundation would like to thank the following youth who provided their advisory support to this project: