The Orange Door Project at the Home Depot in Laurentian Valley will raise money until June 23 to help Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc. address homelessness for at-risk youth.
Until June 23, customers who make a $2 donation at The Home Depot Canada Laurentian Valley store will contribute to Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc.’s efforts to assist at-risk and homeless youth throughout Renfrew County.Funds raised will support the purchase of many items required for maintenance, daily operations and upgrades at two residential homes for youth aged 15-20. All donations collected through the local campaign will go to Columbus House.“As one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population in Canada, youth homelessness is an urgent and complex issue. We are working together, with our community partners, to help truly understand and address the unique needs of at-risk and homeless youth, so we can help end this cycle. That is why 100 per cent of every customer donation goes directly to helping local youth,” said Pam O’Rourke, chairwoman, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and vice-president of merchandising, The Home Depot Canada.Columbus House seeks to improve the quality of life for youth in Renfrew County by providing structured, supportive, safe residential and day programs in a Christian environment while pursuing their education or training. Columbus House operates two residential homes for youth aged 15-20 that are attending high school, college, or training programs. These youth are unable to live at home (including foster homes) for any number of reasons. The organization supports youth in achieving independent living skills, employment skills and completing their educational goals. Further, Columbus House partners with many community agencies to provide comprehensive education, skills, advocacy, and support in order that they may become responsible and self-supportive citizens of our community. For more information, visit Columbushousepem.squarespace.com.Through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign, The Home Depot Canada Foundation supports 120 organizations that are committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness across the country. In May 2019, The Home Depot Canada Foundation announced that it reached its five-year $20 million goal to help prevent and end youth homelessness and increased its commitment to $50 million by 2022.Customers can also make online donations at OrangeDoorProject.ca.