A Way Home Kamloops will be using a substantial donation from the local Home Depot to support its youth housing initiatives.
The donation comes from Home Depot’s Orange Door Project. A Way Home Kamloops is an agency focused on finding shelter for homeless youth.
Kira Cheeseborough, a peer navigator with the society, told KTW the funds will be used for the Youth Housing First Program and for the Safe Suites supportive housing initiative.
Kamloops Home Depot raised a total of $8,524 in store and online for A Way Home Kamloops, while The Home Depot Canada Foundation contributed an additional $2,000 grant, bringing the total to $10,524.
Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Orange Door Project raised more than $1.1 million in support of critical housing and support programs for at-risk and homeless youth across Canada, with more than $190,000 being distributed to local charities in B.C. The company’s annual campaign from from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20 last year in support of 125 local charities that are committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness.
“This year has been challenging for so many Canadians and I want to thank all of our customers for their generous donations,” said Pamela O’Rourke, chair of The Home Depot Canada Foundation board of directors.
The pandemic has made such fundraising efforts more critical for the foundation and the COVID-19 crisis has created new challenges for community agencies devoted to improving the lives of youth experiencing homelessness.
A survey amongst Home Depot’s charity partners last November found 87 per cent reporting an increased demand for services since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, with 80 per cent of that group finding it more challenging to provide effective services under the current conditions.
Many also reported the vulnerable youth they serve are experiencing increased isolation and that their health and well-being have been further impacted.
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to helping prevent and put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today. Through The Orange Door Project initiative, the foundation has pledged $50 million by the end of 2022 to improve housing options, support life-skills development programs and invest in research.
For more information, visit orangedoorproject.ca.