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The Home Depot Campbell River store raises $5,730 to help put an end to youth homelessness

JHSNI representatives deliver thank you cupcakes baked by a youth to staff at The Campbell River Home Depot store. L – R: The Home Depot Department Supervisor Lou Baird, JHSNI Youth Outreach Worker Sarah Day, and JHSNI Campbell River Community Programs Manager Steve Ayers.  - Photo submitted
JHSNI representatives deliver thank you cupcakes baked by a youth to staff at The Campbell River Home Depot store. L – R: The Home Depot Department Supervisor Lou Baird, JHSNI Youth Outreach Worker Sarah Day, and JHSNI Campbell River Community Programs Manager Steve Ayers.
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Associates at The Home Depot store in Campbell River are committed to helping put an end to youth homelessness.

From May 29-July 2, they asked their customers to donate $2 at the checkout as part of The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign. Their generous customers responded and $5,730 was raised throughout the campaign. These funds will support a renovation project at The John Howard Society of North Island (JHSNI)’s transitional youth housing facility, Barnett House.

The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s response to one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today – youth homelessness. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home.

That is why the Foundation has made a three-year, $10M pledge to support renovation and repair projects and programs that provide vulnerable youth with access to safe, stable housing and support services. This fundraising campaign is one of many projects in support of The Orange Door Project initiative.

Wendy Richardson, JHSNI’s Executive Director, said these funds will be a huge help for the Society’s work with homeless youth in Campbell River. “Barnett House provides a safe, stable home for youth ages 16-19 while they work on the skills they need to live independently. We are delighted with the effort The Home Depot associates put into raising funds for youth who truly need the support.”

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