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Blue Door, Home Depot partner in support of INNclusion program

June 20, 2024

Posted On: June 20, 2024 Posted By: Newmarket Today Staff, Original Article

100 per cent of donations raised by the Orange Door Project will support local 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.

Blue Door is again partnering with Home Depot Canada stores in Newmarket and Aurora for the Orange Door Project campaign in support of its INNclusion program until July 7.

All of  the funds raised during the Pride Month campaign will go to life-saving supports for 2SLBGTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, a news release stated.

Blue Door’s INNclusion program is the first and only transitional supportive housing program in York Region for 2SLGBTQ+ youth. In recent years, research has shown that 2SLGBTQ+ youth are significantly over-represented among youth experiencing homelessness, accounting for about 40 per cent of homeless youth.

Identity-based family conflict is the most common cause of homelessness for 2SLGBTQ+ youth, as they are often forced to leave their homes due to family rejection and unsafe living conditions. Additionally, many 2SLGBTQ+ youth do not access shelters due to discrimination preventing them from equitable housing opportunities.

Amy Bilodeau, senior manager of community investment at the Home Depot Canada each that “each of the 182 stores across Canada are paired up with a local youth-serving organization in their community with partners in-store to speak to the direct impact donations have.” 

“The Home Depot Canada Foundation and the Orange Door Project campaign provides Blue Door with the funds it needs to house and support vulnerable 2SLGBTQ+ youth in our community,” said Michael Braithwaite, Blue Door’s CEO. “We are incredibly grateful for their unwavering support toward our Innclusion program.”

To support The Orange Door Project campaign, you can donate $2, $5, or $10 in-store or online at and 100 per cenet of the funds will go to Blue Door’s INNclusion program for vulnerable 2SLGBTQ+ youth in York Region.

To learn more about Blue Door, INNclusion, or to make a direct donation to the program visit