By Breanne Massey
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A fundraising campaign focused on reducing the risk of homelessness for youth in the East Kootenay region of B.C. has successfully raised over $15,000 for Operation Street Angel.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) and Cranbrook’s Home Depot have collaborated on the Orange Door campaign for the last five years, raising more than a total of $140,000 to support the needs of vulnerable youth and homeless populations in the Cranbrook area.

“2020 was a difficult year for many people in the Cranbrook region,” said Racheal Nicholas, Ktunaxa Nation Council Social Sector Urban Services Manager, in a recent press release. “The pandemic has had a major effect on people from all walks of life, particularly those who look to Street Angel for community, services and support. I am very pleased but not surprised that even during this difficult time, the people of Cranbrook still were willing to open their hearts to donate to the Orange Door Project.” 

Typically, the Orange Door campaign runs fundraisers twice a year to support the community. The KNC and Operation Street Angel have offered services to at-risk youth in the East Kootenay region since 2010, including operating a healthy meal program, access to a nurse practitioner and mental health services, advocacy, employment and justice services.

“On behalf of our staff and clients, I would like to thank Cranbrook Home Depot’s manager Tim Strauss and all his hardworking staff for their dedication to the Orange Door Project over these past years,” continued Nicholas. “The funds raised have a direct, positive impact on the lives of those who access services at Street Angel.” 

The Operation Street Angel facility is located at 46 17 Ave. south in Cranbrook.