Martingale Wharf to support Chase Home in December

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Chase Home’s Meme Wheeler (l) with Michelle Matthews, General Manager of Martingale Wharf

Serving at-risk kids throughout the Seacoast and state of New Hampshire, The Chase Home in Portsmouth has been selected by Martingale Wharf as its nonprofit beneficiary on Tuesdays in December.

According to Martingale Wharf’s Michelle Matthews, 10% of all sales on Tuesdays in December will benefit The Chase Home.

“We began this initiative as a way to give back to the nonprofit organizations that do so much to support the lives of so many in our communities,” she said. “We are proud to give back to The Chase Home.”

Meme Wheeler, executive director at The Chase Home, said Martingale Wharf has supported them for many years.”

“Getting this kind of support not only raises money, but awareness of our services and what we do, and that is so important.”

“This is a great opportunity for us to fill in some gaps in our budget and raise awareness about what we do,” she said. “We are every grateful for this support and partnership.”

Founded in 1877, serves more than 140 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, intervention, residential and community-based programs. To learn more about The Chase Home, visit chasehome.org.

Martingale Wharf is located at 99 Bow Street in Portsmouth. To learn more about Martingale Wharf, visit martingalewharf.com.

Martingale Wharf to support Chase Home in December

Exeter-based businesses support The Chase Home

Chase Home’s Executive Director Meme Wheeler (l) with Craig Dennis, Director of Operations.

While known as a nonprofit in Portsmouth–it was founded in 1877–The Chase Home serves dozens of at-risk youth and their caregivers from Exeter.

“We work very closely with the Exeter School System through many of our programs, and an Exeter policeman sits on a committee for our Diversion program,” noted Meme Wheeler, executive director. “We serve kids from across the Seacoast and, in some cases, the state.”

For Exeter Hospital, who supports The Chase Home in multiple ways, which includes sponsoring its upcoming 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, the nonprofit agency’s impact is “tremendous.”

“We appreciate the numerous ways in which Chase Home quietly works behind the scenes in Exeter and surrounding communities to help youth in grave risk and crises,” said Jenn McGowan, community impact officer at Exeter Hospital. “We especially appreciate their focus on building partnerships with other nonprofits.”

The Chase Home’s work with area at-risk youth also recently attracted the support of The Bungalow Club at Exeter.

“We believe in a vibrant community, and a lot of that starts with the work of local nonprofits like The Chase Home,” said The Bungalow Club Founder Kathleen Mahoney. “We are thrilled to support their work and join other community-minded corporate citizens at their fundraiser.

Presented by The Atlantic Grill, The Chase Home’s takes place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm and will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

“This is an event that helps to bridge gaps in our budget, as we only receive a little more than half of what it costs to provide services to at-risk youth and, in some cases, house them,” said Wheeler.

The Chase Home serves nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs.

Major sponsors of the 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting include presenting sponsor The Atlantic Grill with additional support by Exeter Hospital, Sean and Kirsten Mahoney, Kennebunk Savings, Enna Chocolate and La Cascade Du Chocolat.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

Tickets may be securely purchased online at chasehome.org.

Exeter-based businesses support The Chase Home

Corporate Support saves, changes lives at The Chase Home

Meme and CarlosWorking with some of the region’s most at-risk youth and their families, The Chase Home relies on corporate support to meet complex community needs, which underscores its upcoming  6th Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

Presented by The Atlantic Grill, the event will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm at which many corporate supporters will be in attendance.

“The evening is a chance for The Chase Home to work with the corporate sector around a singular event with tremendous financial impact on our bottom line,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler.

The goal this year, she said, is to net $60,000 to support clinical and residential services for the hundreds of youth served each year by The Chase Home.

For Bradford C. Paige, president and CEO of Kennebunk Savings, which is this year’s Program Sponsor for the event, the work performed by The Chase Home is “critically needed.”

“It is unfortunate that so many of our youth have experienced life-altering trauma,” he said. “The services provided by Chase Home are changing the course of the future for these youth.”

Noting Kennebunk Savings also provided $5,000 to support its Diversion Program, which seeks to provide alternatives to traditional punitive measures for kids beginning to get into trouble, Wheeler said corporate and individual support make a difference.

“Financial support provides kids who live here with clothes, food, services vocational skills training and more,” she said. “We are so grateful to Kennebunk Savings and our many other supporters. We cannot meet the needs of the community alone.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home serves nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs.

The 6th Wine & Chocolate Tasting, presented by The Atlantic Grill, will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 and 8 pm at The Atlantic Grill, 5 Pioneer Road in Rye. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $250, which includes complimentary admission(s) to the event.

There are a limited number of available tickets. Tickets may be securely purchased online at www.chasehome.org.

Corporate Support saves, changes lives at The Chase Home

Fundraiser Puts Spotlight on Critical Need in Portsmouth Community

Justin Rivlin, Chase Home Board MemberFounded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth provides stability and support for at-risk youth and their families, a mission that will take center stage on November 13 at its 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

Presented by The Atlantic Grill, the event serves to not only raise funds for services for youth and families with nowhere else to turn, it sheds light on “a harsh reality.”

“There are kids right here in Portsmouth that are really struggling and need a lot of support,” said Justin Rivlin, board member at The Chase Home and general manager at River House.

“The more I learned about The Chase Home, the more I wanted to get involved,” he added.

Serving nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs, The Chase Home recently attracted Sean and Kirsten Mahoney to its mission.

“The Chase Home has been providing support for kids in need for 142 years and the demand for their services has never been greater,” said Sean. “Whether it’s helping with food security or providing a residential safe harbor for kids and families dealing with tough life’s tough circumstances, Chase Home is there.”

Electing to sponsor The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Sean said he and his wife are honored to support “the incredibly worthy work” performed by its staff.

“Their programs help kids from disadvantaged beginnings get a better shot at becoming productive members of our community,” he added.

Expressing appreciation at Mahoney’s support, Rivlin said he is grateful for “all those stepping up to support Chase Home.”

“By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of kids today and in their future as adults,” he said. “I’m so thankful for the support we receive from the community.”

In addition to Sean and Kirsten Mahoney, major sponsors of the 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting include presenting sponsor The Atlantic Grill with additional support by Kennebunk Savings, Enna Chocolate and La Cascade Du Chocolat.

Taking place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm, The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

Tickets may be securely purchased online at chasehome.org.

Fundraiser Puts Spotlight on Critical Need in Portsmouth Community

Passage of SENATE BILL 294 to restore funding for accredited Juvenile Court Diversion programs

Author Note: The Chase Home is one of 16 programs mentioned in this article and effected by this bill. 

Sponsored by Senator Bob Giuda, SB294 was recently passed, a move that will restore funding to accredited Juvenile Court Diversion programs throughout New Hampshire.

Providing evidence-based support and comprehensive services to first-time juvenile offenders rather than placing them in the traditional Juvenile Justice System, these programs lost State Incentive Funds in 2011.

“The dramatically higher success rate and greatly reduced cost of juvenile diversion provides a win-win-win for our young people, our families and our communities,” stated Senator Giuda. “While providing careful oversight and accountability, diversion allows us to bring needed resources to bear so we’re not only addressing the results of juvenile offenses, we’re addressing the causes, on a case-by-case basis.”

Senator Giuda expressed appreciation toward Rep. Ned Gordon for “providing valuable insights from his years on the bench” and Deb Naro of Communities for Alcohol-and Drug-free Youth (CADY-Plymouth) in “bringing forward the absence of funding for juvenile diversion.”

“We continue to work together to improve our justice system as new knowledge comes to light regarding mental health, substance abuse, and other issues confronting our state,” he added.

Bill co-sponsor, Rep. Gordon said, “I am so pleased that we were able to include funding for diversion programs in the new budget. This will improve juvenile justice in this state. Kids can be given the opportunity to address behavioral issues without going to Court and being branded as delinquents.”

CADY Executive Director Deb Naro said she is “very grateful” for the support of both Senator Giuda and Rep. Ned Gordon for their advocacy and leadership on the legislation.”

“Last fall, I met with Senator Giuda and the Juvenile Diversion Network, and we worked together on this important piece of legislation to solve a long-standing problem with a statewide solution,” she noted.

In addition to Sen. Giuda, Dist 2 and Rep. Gordon, Graf. 9, other bill co-sponsors include Rep. Suzanne Smith, Graf. 8;  Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; and Rep. Ken Weyler, Rock. 13
CADY’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Program is one of 16 accredited juvenile court diversion programs in NH, which serve up to 700 youth per year arrested for first-time offenses. These accredited programs are members of the NH Juvenile Court Diversion Network.

According to a recent study of 444 youth who went through a diversion program in New Hampshire, 79.3% were arrest-free one year later with 58.7% arrest-free after three years. Both percentages are substantially better than traditional juvenile justice measures, which are 20.7% and 41.3%, respectively.

To learn more about Juvenile Court Diversion in NH, visit nhcourtdiversion.org.

Passage of SENATE BILL 294 to restore funding for accredited Juvenile Court Diversion programs

For the love of chocolate and The Chase Home

At any fundraiser, there are numerous moving parts behind the scenes, which in the case of The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting involves two well-known chocolatiers.

For the second year running, Enna Chocolate and La Cascade Du Chocolat, owned by Enna Grazier and Samantha Brown, respectively, will be responsible for the chocolate at the event, which raises funds for at-risk youth.Sam_La Cascade Du Chocolat

“It’s wonderful to be able to create such an amazing experience for guests while raising money for critically needed services,” said Jennifer Desrosiers, board member of The Chase Home.

Approaching both businesses last year on behalf of The Chase Home, Desrosiers said Grazier and Brown were eager to help the nonprofit agency.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs.

“They dived right into the project and brought some incredible chocolate, which elevated our event,” said Desrosiers, who is also owner of LANEY & LU and founder of WILD ADVENTEROUS LIFE.

For Brown, supporting The Chase Home was an easy decision.

“Because The Chase Home does wonders for local, at-risk children–our most vulnerable–we didn’t hesitate to be involved,” she said.

Grazier said her involvement stems from a deep concern regarding the area’s at-risk youth.

“I appreciate what Chase Home does to help young people develop a strong foundation for their lives,” she said. “It is an honor to contribute what I can to help make this a successful fundraising event.”

Enna ChocolatePresented by The Atlantic Grill, The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting takes place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm and is expected to attract nearly 200 attendees.

“It’s a wonderful, heartwarming event with a deep purpose,” added Desrosiers. “It is also an event with some incredible chocolate.”

According to Grazier, she plans two different chocolate origins that will “pair really beautifully with wine.”

“I am the only chocolate maker in the world who is using cacao grown by the farmer Herbert Pasqual in Trinidad,” she said. “He only produces a small amount and I buy it all.”

Describing his cacao as complex, she said the chocolate she makes with it contains many layered notes of molasses, buttermilk, and wine.

“It is really special and will pair beautifully with bolder complex red wines,” added Grazier, who said she may additionally create a special batch just for the event.

Brown said she also plans to “wow” guests, as she will bring several dark chocolates from different origins around the world.

“I may bring one or two surprising chocolates for pairing as well, too,” she said.

For Brown, pouring herself into fundraiser reflects a synergy she sees between herself and The Chase Home.

“We put our heart and soul into everything, whether it’s creating a well-loved chocolate bar or inventing a new flavor of bonbon,” she said. “The Chase Home does the same for its children, and what better cause could you ask to support in your local community?”

For Desrosiers, such passion underscores what she thinks makes the annual fundraiser for The Chase Home special.

“This event is about community coming together for a shared purpose with deep meaning,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening or give back.”

Taking place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm, The Chase Home’s 6thAnnual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

For the love of chocolate and The Chase Home

Community Supports Summer Program at The Chase Home

In late July, an anticipated funding shortage jeopardized the summer program at The Chase Home, which staff say did not “miss a beat” thanks to community support.

“We had community members make financial contributions and local businesses stepped up, too, including Tuscan Market,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director at The Chase Home.

“The program’s main funder was also able to contribute as well when we did not thank that would be the case at all,” she added.

Designed for youth who live at The Chase Home, Wheeler said the summer program is important for several reasons.

“These kids need to have fun, experience the world, build bonds with each other and the community around them,” she said. “This program does that for them.”

Renee and MemeThis year’s summer program also received unexpected contributions from local businesses that provided in-kind support. One such business was Monkey Mind Escape Rooms, which provided an experience at no charge for The Chase Home youth.

“The girls experienced our Stolen Diamond room and the boys were in our Cursed Tomb room,” said Owner Renee Capicchioni Vannata, who playfully described herself as “Chief Executive Monkey. “We hope to host them again.”

For Wheeler, such support “goes a long way” toward helping their youth “feel connected.”

“For all those who supported our summer program, I hope you can accept our deepest thanks,” she said. “Our kids had a great summer, and the larger Seacoast community is a big reason why.”

Community Supports Summer Program at The Chase Home