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Putting an end to youth homelessness in Canada

In 2013, The Home Depot Canada Foundation set a new challenge to address youth homelessness because far too many young people are facing challenges with access to safe, stable and affordable housing.

Each year, The Home Depot Canada Foundation holds a national, in-store fundraising campaign that invites customers to make a $2 donation in support of a local charity. The 2014 campaign—which started May 29th and takes place until July 2nd—unites all Home Depot associates and customers in an effort to prevent and end youth homelessness.

We are very excited to announce that Bridging the Gap has been chosen as one of this year’s charitable partners for The Orange Door Project at two Home Depot locations. Customers shopping at either the 3050 Davidson Court location in Burlington or the 1013 Maple Avenue location in Milton can donate $2 at the checkout to purchase a paper Orange Door.

All proceeds raised at these two locations will benefit Bridging the Gap’s outreach services, Host Homes and Bridge House programs. Bridging the Gap assists Halton youth aged 16 to 24 who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. Outreach services include finding housing and providing referrals to food banks, counseling services, education programs, employment centres and other services required.

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Oakville's ArtHouse celebrates fifth anniversary in the community

What began as a program to help children experience the thrill of creative and artistic expression, regardless of their socio-economic status, has blossomed into a charitable organization offering cost-free arts programs to children aged 7-12.

Don Pangman, the founder and artistic director of Oakville-based ArtHouse told the Oakville Beaver how the community group has transformed and flourished well beyond what he had envisioned — all thanks to the community that rallied behind it to support it in its initiatives.

In celebration of ArtHouse’s fifth anniversary, which was on June 19, the longtime Oakville resident reflected on the organization, its humble beginnings, its current success and what lies ahead.

“Without the huge community support we would’ve never reached this milestone,” he said, speaking about the individuals, service organizations, foundations, businesses and three levels of governments that have helped provided the financial resources to help ArtHouse sustain — and increase its program capacity.

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