Local The Home Depot Store Raises $10,556 for YES Shelter

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release July 8, 2015

The YES Shelter for Youth and Families has received a generous donation of $10,556 thanks to the efforts of associates and the generosity of customers at The Home Depot Peterborough store.

From May 29 – July 2, The Orange Door Project, a campaign to help bring housing and hope to homeless youth in Canada took place at all The Home Depot stores across Canada. During this time, customers were invited to purchase a (paper) Orange Door at the checkout by adding $2 to their bill. All proceeds raised at The Home Depot Peterborough store were donated to YES.

YES staff and board members celebrated this success today at the local Peterborough store.

“We were thrilled to be chosen as our local Home Depot’s charitable recipient again this year,” stated YES’ Executive Director, Suzanne Galloway. “The funds raised will be used to keep YES’s buildings comfortable and safe – and also to offer life skills programming for the homeless youth we serve.”

The YES Shelter for Youth and Families provides emergency and transitional housing for youth and families in the Peterborough area. It also offers a variety of support services, including the Carriage House alternative classroom, a food cupboard, and employment and training programs in collaboration with other community agencies.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives that help 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, in 2013 the Foundation made a three-year, $10-million pledge to support long-term solutions that will put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. In collaboration with community partners, thought leaders, The Home Depot Canada’s suppliers, customers and associates we are focused on improving places through renovation and repair projects and supporting programs that give youth the resources they require to build brighter futures.

For more information contact: Suzanne Galloway, Executive Director, YES Shelter for Youth and Families Phone: 705-748-3851 sgalloway@yesshelter.ca

Emily DiCarlo, Public Relations Specialist, The Home Depot Canada Phone: 416-412-4120 Mobile: 647-539-9059 amanda_r_cornelisse@homedepot.com

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