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.
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.
Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) is a nationally recognized, street-level charitable organization that works with marginalized and homeless youth up to the age of 29. RaY’s mission is to provide youth with what they need, on their terms, to better their lives. In support of this goal, their programs connect street-entrenched youth with permanent housing and provide the supports necessary to maintain housing.
The Home Depot Winnipeg stores are proud to announce that their associates will be raising funds through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign starting on September 1st in support of RaY’s programs. For $2, customers can purchase a paper door in support of the organization. One hundred percent of the funds raised will support the invaluable work RaY does in the community.
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: