Joining forces to help Calgary's vulnerable youth

By carlynn

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) and The Home Depot Canada Foundation have joined forces to help vulnerable youth in Calgary.

From September 23-25, 2014, Team Depot volunteers from Calgary and area partnered up to renovate BGCC’s Treehouse location, an affordable housing building that accommodates youth enrolled in BGCC’s Housing First program, The Infinity Project, as well as Script, a community outreach program designed to provide youth with essential life skills to realize a stable future.

Working alongside youth from the area, Team Depot volunteers installed five new kitchens in the apartment building over a three-day period.

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“We are thankful to The Home Depot Canada Team Depot volunteers,” said Cheryl Doherty, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. “Home Depot sees the value of safe, affordable housing, and the important role it plays in supporting young people to end their experience of homelessness. This incredible gift sends an important message to our youth that their community believes in them and is going to make sure that they have every chance to succeed.”

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This project is a perfect fit for The Home Depot Canada Foundation, whose focus is on housing improvement initiatives that benefit Canadian youth-in-need. Under their three-year, $10M pledge, the Foundation has committed to support renovation and repair projects, as well as programs that provide vulnerable youth who have experienced homeless with access to safe, stable housing and support services.

“In our stores across Canada, associates are helping put an end to youth homelessness by taking a leadership role in their communities,” said Bill Lennie, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and president, The Home Depot Canada. “By volunteering on projects with local and national partners, associates are supporting physical improvements to bring housing and hope to vulnerable youth.”

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With the goal of helping homeless youth gain the skills to return to their families or to live independently in the community, BGCC's Youth Housing and Shelter programs offer a comprehensive support system to help youth transition to independent adulthood and permanently end their experience of homelessness.

Thank you to the dedicated Team Depot volunteers who made these newly renovated kitchens a reality. Our youth are thrilled!

See more renovation photos on our Facebook page!