The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs got a big boost recently with a $50,000 grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation.
The cash is earmarked for prevention and early intervention programs for youth at risk of homelessness. It’s part of The Orange Door Project, which supports repairs, renovations and/or modifications to housing accommodations or other support for youth homelessness initiatives.
“Youth should not experience being homeless,” Boys and Girls CEO Diane Entwistle said. “The more we can do upstream, with families and young people, the more likely youth is to have a stable living environment as they make the transition to adulthood.”
Youth at risk are supported through reconciliation efforts following family breakdown, and by finding natural supports for the youth to stay with until conflict in the home can be resolved.
They also receive life skills training to learn how to find housing, complete their education, find a job and manage their money, work effectively with a landlord, cook and clean, be a good neighbour and work toward their goals.
The Boys and Girls Clubs’ youth shelter is also an emergency safety net for youth experiencing homelessness.
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