Charities and non-profit organizations often have a hard go of it trying to find money to operate , so when the local Home Depot approached Pauline’s Place, a local shelter for women and youth, it was like their prayers had been answered.
That’s the feeling of Anne Penny, Executive Director of Pauline’s Place. “I can’t say enough about Home Depot and how they’ve helped us”
Since November 30 and lasting through to December 17, Home Depot is collecting a a toonie at their checkouts from customers and donating 100 percent to the homeless shelter.
“Home Depot has been working with us for years now, they help with running the house, life skills, teaching youth to live on their own. Every bit of money we get from Home Depot is put back into the community” Penny said.
Home Depot’s Orange Door Project normally takes place in the Summer months, however this year the renovation giant decided to hold a second campaign to assist the shelter at Christmas Time. “It’s the first time they have done this for us at Christmas Time” Penny said.
Pauline’s Place offers a safe environment for women and youth who need shelter. The house has 12 beds for youth.
Home Depot supports the end of homelessness nationally but the orange door project is a local initiative and along with cash donations Home Depot also donates much needed building materials such as flooring and decks to be used at the home.
Penny said without the help from the local Home Depot staff, fixing up the apartments would not happen.
Suzy Furbacher a local manager at Home Depot in Sault Ste. Marie told SaultOnline.com that about $4,000 will be raised and donated to Pauline’s Place following the campaign wrap on December 17.