How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”

How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to ending youth homelessness, pledging to invest $20 million over five years through The Orange Door Project. This initiative will give homeless youth the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.
One component of The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot’s national fundraising campaign.  From now until July 2, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper door in support of a local youth-focused housing charity.

All funds raised at The Home Depot Rexdale store during the campaign will support Youth Without Shelter. Encourage your friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues to support the campaign today!

Learn more at orangedoorproject.ca

The Home Depot Canada Foundation announce 2017 partnership

The Home Depot Canada Foundation announce 2017 partnership

Today, The Home Depot Canada Foundation announced a 2017 partnership with Youth Without Shelter (YWS) with an investment of $125,000. The Home Depot Canada Foundation focuses on supporting initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness through renovation and repair projects and programs that provide youth access to safe, stable shelter and support services.  This gift of $125,000 provides essential project and program funding to Youth Without Shelter.  Funds have enabled the replacement of the shelter’s kitchen walk-in combination freezer and refrigerator.  The YWS kitchen is the “heart of our home”, a 24 hour operation offering three meals and two snacks daily and facilitating life skills learning.  The program funding supports the continued enhancement and growth of YWS’s Employment Program. Priority areas identified by youth in the employment program include the need for increased support with pre-employment trainings, workshops and certifications.

Team Depot is on-site today sharing their energy and skills to bring YWS’s outdoor space to life with fresh, colorful plantings and herbs for container gardening.  Lunchtime will bring the YWS youth and staff team and Team Depot together to enjoy a meal prepared by Team Depot!

Thank you to The Home Depot Canada Foundation for your continued investment in young people challenged with homelessness.  This gift recognizes that each youth comes to YWS with their own set of strengths, challenges and dreams, each requiring personalized strategies to successfully and safely transition to independent living.

YWS welcomes new Executive Director Steve Doherty

YWS welcomes new Executive Director Steve Doherty

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The Board of Directors of Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Doherty as the shelter’s new Executive Director, commencing May 8, 2017.

The majority of Steve’s career has been devoted to children’s mental health, both working in and managing treatment homes and day programs.  In a way, we are welcoming him back to the neighbourhood. He launched his career 24 years ago as a Child and Youth Care Worker at the George Hull Centre –  in a residential building that YWS later purchased, and renovated to launch our innovative Stay in School Program!

Steve has counselled youth with addictions using a harm-reduction approach to treatment, and believes strongly in a strength-based model of care.  His progressive leadership and senior management experience, approach and passion for his work make him a perfect fit for YWS:

“The youth I have worked with over the years have been great teachers, and the lessons have stuck with me. The resilience and spirit they demonstrate are a constant source of awe. I cannot wait to learn from the highly respected YWS team, and be part of something truly amazing.”

Please join us in welcoming Steve to YWS. The Board is committed to working alongside him as we continue developing youth-centered solutions to ending homelessness, one youth at a time, one step at a time.

What does home mean for you? #HomeIsWhere

What does home mean for you? #HomeIsWhere

At Youth Without Shelter, we believe everyone deserves a safe place to call home. Young people who are homeless (ages 13-24) make up approximately 20% of the homeless population in Canada (Gaetz et al., 2014). We continuously strive to make our house a home and breakdown barriers youth face such as on going housing instability, unemployment, and access to education. For youth who experience homelessness, “home” could mean a place with a warm meal or simply having a place to sleep at night.

We asked our youth in our “House” and our Board of Directors “What does home mean to you?” Here’s what they had to say:

Tell us how you would finish the Hashtag. Tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We want to know where home is for you.

#GivingTuesdayCA

YWS receives donation from Rexdale The Home Depot store as part of The Orange Door Project

YWS receives donation from Rexdale The Home Depot store as part of The Orange Door Project

The Home Depot’s Rexdale store has raised donations for Youth Without Shelter through its Orange Door Project fundraising campaign. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 9 Home Depot customers supported the campaign by donating $2 in exchange for paper orange doors, with the full $2 benefiting YWS.

The Orange Door Project was established with the goal of eliminating youth homelessness in Canada. 182 Home Depot Canada stores took part in this year’s campaign by selling paper orange doors in-store, and by rolling up their sleeves to help local charities complete renovation projects.

Across Canada, the 2016 Orange Door Project campaign raised $1.15 million with 100 per cent of donations benefiting youth-serving organizations.

Charity Intelligence Impact Fund

Charity Intelligence Impact Fund

YWS is one of 10 diverse high-impact charities selected by Charity Intelligence to be part of the new CI Canadian Charity Impact Fund. Impact is measured through our SROI (Social Return on Investment) which is a ratio that measures the amount of value created per dollar donated.