Sprague surprises Chase Home with $2,132 gift

For Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, it is not often she receives a phone call from anyone who wants to drop off a financial contribution, which made it incredibly special when Sprague called her.

“They called and wanted to drop off a check that morning—I was thrilled,” she said.

Shana Hoch Manager, Marketing (l) with Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler
Shana Hoch, Manager, Marketing (l) with Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler

She said she was even more thrilled upon their arrival when it turned out the contribution was for$2,132. Delivered in the form of checks and cash, the donation resulted from one of several philanthropic initiatives spearheaded by the JustGive team at Sprague, which was formed 17 years ago. An acronym for “Just Get Involved Volunteer Everyone” and composed of Sprague employees, JustGive implements various charitable initiatives, including Dress Down Days, Canned Food Drive Competitions, Coat Donation Drives and Formal Fridays and more.

According to Chris Hiney, a member of the JustGive team at Sprague, Formal Friday is the initiative that provided the $2,132 financial contribution to Chase Home.

“Participants were asked to wear corporate interview appropriate or formal wear and contribute $2 or more,” she said. “We were happy to count 85 Sprague employees dressed sharp for the day and one of our executives matched the collected contributions.”

As for why they selected Chase Home as their beneficiary, she said they wanted to support an organization not currently receiving donations from the Sprague JustGive team.

“A search of Portsmouth area organizations began—and when the Chase Home came up among the results, we thought there’s no better program to receive the donation just before the holidays,” said Hiney.

According to Wheeler, the financial contribution represents “a serious boost” to their operations.

“I cannot thank Sprague enough,” she said. “Their unexpected generosity means so much to us and the kids we serve.”

In giving to Chase Home and dozens of other nonprofit agencies over the years, Hiney said such philanthropic intent has defined Sprague’s 145-year history on the Seacoast.

“We have always emphasized the importance of giving back to the communities in which we operate,” she said. “We focus our efforts on supporting organizations and events that benefit children and the environment.”

Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the community related to children and youth. Offering a home for some and working with others in their own homes, Chase Home provides evidence-based treatment and support to families in crisis.

To learn more about Chase Home, or to offer support, visit www.chasehome.org.

Sprague surprises Chase Home with $2,132 gift

Community helps raise $10,000 to support Chase Home

Having operated “under the radar” on the Seacoast for nearly 140 years, The Chase Home for Children has made recent strides to better engage the local community, which resulted in a “wildly successful” fundraiser this week.

th“We netted a little over $10,000, which quadruples what we netted last year,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who noted this was the third year they held their Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting. “We had double the number of attendees and everyone seemed so invested in our cause—it was an incredible evening and we are so grateful.”

Held on Tuesday at Demeters Steakhouse, the event garnered support from both individuals and corporations alike. A sample of the companies that offered their support include Insurcomm, Bosen & Associates, P.L.L.C., ConvenientMD, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Provident Bank, Allen Wayside Furniture, Kane Insurance, Club Boutique, Laney & Lu Cafe, TRE Cleaning and Restoration, Secure Planning, and Wood Brothers Moving and Storage. Other businesses donated in-kind services to support Chase Home.

The highlight of the evening for many attendees was Fund-A-Need, which enables people to offer their respective support to fund a particular need at Chase Home. Noting it was the first time they presented such a charitable opportunity to attendees, Wheeler said the response surprised everybody.

“$6,000 was raised through Fund-A-Need, which is absolutely amazing,” she said. “It was very moving to see so many people want to get involved in this way.”

Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the community related to children and youth. Providing a home for some and working with others in their own homes, Chase Home provides evidence-based treatment and support to families in crisis.

“I think the reality of what we do has really touched a lot of people’s hearts,” added Wheeler. “We are working as strategically as possible to meet the needs of the community, but we do need help to fill gaps in our budget. Tuesday’s success continues our forward momentum—and we have a wonderful charitable community to thank for its support.”

To learn more about Chase Home, or to offer support, visit www.chasehome.org.

Community helps raise $10,000 to support Chase Home

3rd Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting to Benefit Seacoast Youth

On Tuesday, November 15, more than 75 people are expected to attend Chase Home’s 3rd Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting at Demeters Steakhouse in Portsmouth—and tickets are still available.

“We are already 50 percent ahead of last year’s numbers in terms of attendance and the entire board is really trying to push for more,” said Rob Levey, Chase Home board president.

According to Levey, Chase Home’s mission intersects with many of the area’s other “core nonprofits.”

event-flyer-page-001-2“There are several nonprofits in this area whose mission directly results in saving lives—Chase Home is right there,” he said. “We work with youth and families in crisis. Tuesday’s event will help raise money to ensure we continue to meet critical community needs.”

In meeting these needs, he said it is important to note Chase Home’s emphasis on collaboration and community engagement.

“We work with dozens of corporate entities, many of whom make financial contributions or donate in-kind services,” he said. “In terms of our programs, we coordinate with every agency possible to ensure the best care. We use evidence based strategies and we are working to better track our outcomes. We are doing everything we can to provide youth with a chance for a better life.”

At the 3rd Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting, guests will enjoy pairings of wine and chocolate donated by Lindt in addition to a variety of appetizers. The event takes place at Demeters Steakhouse in Portsmouth from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, November 15.

To learn more about Chase Home, or to purchase tickets, visit www.chasehome.org.

3rd Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting to Benefit Seacoast Youth

Working with kids since 1877 in Portsmouth

On Tuesday, November 15, the Chase Home in Portsmouth will host its 3rd Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting at Demeters Steakhouse with more than 80 expected in attendance. The narrative behind the need for such a fundraising event, however, is more compelling than many in the community might realize.

“For years, Chase Home has operated behind the scenes on the Seacoast,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who noted the nonprofit agency was founded in 1877. “In light of the opiate epidemic and other factors, we have become more vocal about what we do and who we serve so we can better meet community needs.

Operating a residential home for youth, ages 11 to 19, and an Independent Living Program for youth up to age 21, Chase Home also provides services in the community to try and prevent the separation of families. In some cases, Chase Home is successful. In others, it is not.

“We work with so many different agencies to try and make things work—it is not just the kids, we work with parents, too,” she said. “Sometimes, though, the situation is at a crisis level and kids need to be placed here or in other facilities—it can be heart wrenching.”

In many cases, though, the parents struggle as much as the children.

“For every child living in our home, one or both of the caregivers are struggling with drug addiction,” she said. “The opiate epidemic is very real to us and the people we serve.”

Examples of other kinds of kids with whom Chase Home works includes those who have been neglected, abandoned, or abused. In other cases, youth may have committed delinquent acts and have consequently become ensnared in the juvenile justice system. In every case, however, the kids and youth are in active crisis, which has begun to attract the attention of corporate and individual support.

Insurcomm, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Newburyport Five Cents Bank, and The Provident Bank represent just a few of Chase Home’s largest supporters. Smaller businesses, including Laney & Lu in Exeter, have also stepped up to support Chase Home.

“When I learned about what they do and the families they serve, I knew I had to get involved,” said Laney & Lu Owner Jennifer Desrosiers, who also founded WILD ADVENTUROUS LIFE, a wellness and lifestyle media company.

In addition to raising funds to support Chase Home, Desrosiers, who also teaches yoga, said she has begun to offer yoga classes for the kids, too.

“I want the kids to recognize how truly important and amazing they are,” she said. “Yoga is a powerful and uplifting tool that they can to use nurture themselves and build confidence. It helps create balance and ease holistically—mind, body, and spirit. I encourage the kids to push themselves in loving ways and to laugh…a lot.”

According to Chase Home Board President Rob Levey, Desrosiers’ commitment to the community exemplifies a growing movement on the Seacoast in which businesses lead by their hearts as much as their strategic acumen.

“We cannot work alone to meet the needs of kids on the Seacoast, and so her support and that of so many other community oriented businesses means so much,” he said. “With Meme leading an incredibly talented staff and the community rallying around our kids and families, I believe we can save lives…It’s already happening.”

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Rob Levey with Meme Wheeler

In looking ahead to the future, Wheeler said the entire staff and board are working to ensure November’s fundraiser is as successful as possible. She expressed gratitude for anyone who has already shown their support and invited others to do the same.

“Chase Home has been part of the community since the 1870’s,” she said. “We invite everyone to join us and support our mission…Let’s take care of our kids.”

To learn more about Chase Home, or to purchase tickets for its 3rd Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting at Demeters Steakhouse on Tuesday, November 15, visit www.chasehome.org.

Working with kids since 1877 in Portsmouth

Chase Home receives $5,000 from Newburyport Five Cents Charitable Foundation

Serving youth, ages 11 and older, Chase Home was recently awarded $5,000 to support its Independent Living Program for older teens, which helps them successfully transition to self-dsc_0898-1sufficiency as adults. According to Executive Director Meme Wheeler, one of the primary objectives within the program is to help youth receive the education, training, and services necessary to obtain employment or enter post-secondary training and educational institutions.

“We also provide personal and emotional support through mentors both within and outside of Chase Home,” she added.

Chase Home Board President Rob Levey referred to the $5,000 grant award from the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation as “a big boost.”

“We are still in the initial start-up phase of the program, so this financial contribution has come at the best time for us,” he said. “We are very grateful for the support from the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation. They understand our program and have made a very serious investment.”

President and CEO of Newburyport Five Cents Saving Bank, Janice C. Morse applauded Chase Home’s nearly 140 years of work on the Seacoast.

“The organization’s commitment to serving our youth and their families is admirable and we take pride in being able to assist in their mission,” she said.

Founded in 1877, Chase Home is dedicated to providing supportive and restorative residential and family service to at-risk youth in a safe and nurturing environment. To learn more about Chase Home or its upcoming fundraiser on November 15, visit www.chasehome.org.

Chase Home receives $5,000 from Newburyport Five Cents Charitable Foundation

3rd Annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting to benefit Chase Home

On Tuesday, November 15 from 6 to 8pm at Demeters Steakhouse in Portsmouth, Chase Home for Children will host its 3rd Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting with proceeds to benefit services for at-risk youth.

10393980_1520624258179038_560804417259970162_nFounded in 1877, Chase Home is dedicated to providing supportive and restorative residential and family service to at-risk youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Offering services in the home and at its residential home in Portsmouth where up to 18 youth may live at any one time, Chase Home additionally works with caregivers with a goal to reunify families.

“This fundraiser is a chance for the community to learn a little bit more about us as well as meet some of the staff that work with our youth and families,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “It’s also a chance to find out what’s next for us, as we continue to evolve and proactively develop programs to directly address the opiate epidemic in the state.”

Currently serving more than 2 dozen families in Portsmouth alone, 100% of the individuals served by Chase Home have been affected by the opiate epidemic. Partnering with numerous area agencies, Chase Home works efficiently in the community to maximize its impact.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65, a pair is $110, while a box of wine (6 tickets) is $300. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 15 from 6 and 8 pm at Demeters Steakhouse, 3612 Lafayette Rd in Portsmouth.

The event will take place on November 15 from 6 to 8pm at Demeters Steakhouse, 3612 Lafayette Rd in Portsmouth. There are a limited number of tickets offered for this event. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chasehome.org.

3rd Annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting to benefit Chase Home

Timberland ‘serves’ Chase Home

Reflecting its longstanding commitment to give back to surrounding communities, Stratham-based Timberland held its 19th Annual Serv-a-Palooza Service Event on September 15 with Chase Home one of seven projects throughout the Seacoast.

From painting the entire third floor of Chase Home to much-needed landscaping throughout its property, Timberland deployed more than 65 employees and guests to the Portsmouth-based nonprofit agency. In total, Timberland painted 23 rooms and helped removed 30 truckloads of debris from the property—a nearly 10-hour long project that “amazed” Chase Home staff.

“From the pre-planning to the day itself, Timberland came here to do some serious work,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who estimated it would have cost more than $10,000 if performed by the private sector.

“Timberland has transformed Chase Home—they have made an incredible difference,” she added.

According to Atlanta McIlwraith, senior manager of community engagement for Timberland, the day’s service-oriented activities results from the company’s Path of Service™ program, which offers full-time employees up to 40 paid hours annually to perform volunteer work. 

“We’re excited to support folks here in New Hampshire and Maine through our Serv-a-Palooza projects, while also having the opportunity to foster teamwork,” she said. “This is all part of bringing to life Timberland’s heritage of being Earthkeepers.”

In 2015, Timberland employees volunteered more than 73,000 hours were served through various environmental and social projects. Last week and throughout the months of September and October, approximately 1,500 Timberland employees will participate in Serv-a-Palooza service events in 15 countries. Locally this year, Timberland volunteers were supported by donations from Texas Roadhouse, Shaw’s and Hannaford.

Best known for its original yellow boot introduced in 1973, Timberland today outfits consumers from toe-to-head, with versatile collections that reflect the brand’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, function and style. To learn more, visit timberland.com.

Founded in 1877, Chase Home for Children is dedicated to providing supportive and restorative residential and family service to at-risk youth in a safe and nurturing environment. To learn more, visit www.chasehome.org.

Timberland ‘serves’ Chase Home