Today marks the beginning of this year’s Orange Door Project at Home Depot. Locations across Canada will be asking customers to donate $2 to raise funds to end youth homelessness.
Here in Grande Prairie, the campaign supports Sunrise House, run by the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. The shelter gives a temporary home to homeless youth aged 12 to 17 years old, and use continues to rise with Grande Prairie’s population. Users are also connected to the programs and services they need to build constructive relationships with their families and find suitable living accommodations.
According to Home Depot, 6,000 young people in Canada either sleep outside or in an emergency shelter. Even more couch surf with family and friends. The Orange Door campaign runs until October 9th.