Spring Gentlemen’s Night highlights the needs at Chase Home

On Thursday, April 19, several dozen entrepreneurs, local business owners and community members gathered at Tuscan Kitchen in Portsmouth for a night of “elevated style and wellness,” but the purpose behind it was much deeper.

Chase Home Benefit
Chase Home’s Jennifer Desrosiers (l) with Bill MacDonald and Graham Shaffer-Rais (r) courtesy of Rick Dumont

“I’m from Portsmouth, and I want people to know about Chase Home and what it does,” said Graham Shaffer-Rais, who has planned several similar events with fellow J. Hilburn Stylist Bill MacDonald. “These events get everyone in a room for a great time, but it also gives us a chance to talk about Chase Home.”

Founded in 1877, Chase Home has historically served children in the most need, which places staff today in the front lines of the opioid crisis, cases of abandonment and abuse, and extreme delinquency.

“These are the kids that need the most support in our society, and there are no quick fixes,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler.

Some of the kids the agency serves live at Chase Home. In these cases, staff provide 24/7 support and guidance to youth, ages 11 to 17, many of whom are at grave risk for suicide. In 2017, Chase Home received funds from Exeter Hospital with other partner agencies to form the Seacoast Youth Suicide Prevention Network (SYSPN).

“At first glance, the Seacoast appears to be a beautiful place, so are there really problems here?” Wheeler rhetorically noted. “The answer is ‘absolutely,’ and teen suicide might be the biggest issue we face as a local community, which is why we are laying the groundwork to more effectively fight and prevent it.”

As far as she is concerned, events like Spring Gentlemen’s Night represent an important opportunity for Chase Home to not only raise money, but awareness.

“Helping people understand what we face everyday is critical,” she said. “Our relationship with Bill and Graham extends back more than a year now, and we could not be more thankful for their support.”

In total, the event raised more $2,500 to support Chase Home, which includes The Provident Bank and Port City Nissan each donating $500 as co-sponsors. In addition to providing several big ticket items for a raffle, Tuscan Kitchen donated the food and the space for the event.

“It is so great to have a place like Tuscan Kitchen where we can host events like this one,” said Shaffer-Rais. “With their support and well over 15 businesses that donated to the cause, we were able to give Chase Home and their kids a boost.”

To learn more about Chase Home, which serves kids on the immediate Seacoast and throughout the state, visit www.chasehome.org.

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Spring Gentlemen’s Night highlights the needs at Chase Home

Entrepreneurs and local businesses to support The Chase Home

One of the most important aspects of any nonprofit is the community support behind it, which will be evident on Thursday, April 19, at Spring Gentlemen’s Night in Portsmouth with proceeds benefiting The Chase Home. Founded in 1877, The Chase Home meets the needs of youth and families in crisis.

Organized by J. Hilburn Stylists, Graham Shaffer-Rais and Bill MacDonald, the event has recently attracted the attention of The Provident Bank and Port City Nissan, each of whom have invested $500 to support The Chase Home.

“There is a great need for the support and services that The Chase Home provides in our communities,” said Kelly Scott Goodwin, assistant vice president-relationship officer at The Provident Bank in Portsmouth. “With cost increases in the day to day operations and diminishing financial support from federal, state and local government, it is important that businesses and individuals help support places like The Chase Home.”

J. Hilburn Stylist Graham Shaffer-Rais (l) and General Manager at PortCity Nissan Justin Fecteau.

Having grown up in Portsmouth and alongside kids from The Chase Home, Justin Fecteau, general manager, Port City Nissan, said it was important to get involved in the cause.

“We have the means and manpower to make our community stronger,” he said. “Some people do not have the easiest path to success—no matter how you measure success—and its our responsibility to remove as many of those hurdles as possible. We also find the people you give that chance to generally become your best employees and appreciate the opportunity that they received.”

Having organized several other similar events, each with a theme of  “elevated style and wellness,” Shaffer-Rais said people can expect “a very electric energy” on Thursday.

“Like in the past three Gentlemen’s Nights, everyone attending is there for a common goal—to help others,” he said. “When you combine that with a ton of fun, great food and drinks, great music, an amazing raffle, and most importantly great people, it’s hard to not feel the positive energy flowing throughout the building. I know everyone that comes will also make some great connections and leave feeling a sense of gratitude and accomplishment.”

According to The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, these events do much to raise awareness about critical needs in the community.

“We are so thankful at the spotlight Graham and Bill have created for us and our kids,” she said. “It’s important people recognize the needs we meet are critically important and ongoing.”The Chase Home (92 of 92)

At the free event (donations are encouraged), attendees will enjoy a preview to spring fashions by Shaffer-Rais and MacDonald and have the chance to win a variety of donated raffle items. Items range from a chef’s table and a cocktail hour Tuscan Kitchen, which hosts the event, to items from Jessica Todd, Hybrid Fitness, Rico Riciputi Golf, Areté Chiropractic, Zen Den Yoga, On Target Fitness,CJ Physical Therapy and Wellness, Acupuncture North, Juicery, and Officially Knotted Bow Ties.

Spring Gentlemen’s Night takes place at Tuscan Kitchen on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. To learn more about The Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.

Entrepreneurs and local businesses to support The Chase Home

Chase Home receives $3,000 grant

As a result of a $3,000 grant from the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, Chase Home in Portsmouth will soon be able to keep track of and manage communications with business partners, donors and more.

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Alyshia Kelleher from Chase Home wraps up some computer work on a recent Thursday afternoon. Kelleher and the rest of Chase Home staff are going through training for a new cloud-based donor tracking system thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust.

Grant funding will equip Chase Home with Little Green Light software. Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said their current system to track external communications is inadequate.

“The new system will make everything more centralized and ultimately allow our staff to work more efficiently,” she said.

According to Wheeler, the grant will cover the installation of the cloud-based service and the first year of its subscription.

Susan Bouchard, administrative director of the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, said the trust pays tribute to Lindsay’s passion for “the education of poor and deserving students from rural communities and child welfare.”

In funding Chase Home, she said its mission and the expected outcomes from the grant made the nonprofit agency a good recipient.
 
“The mission of The Chase Home for Children is ‘helping at-risk troubled youth in crisis achieve success in life and opportunities as adults,’ which fits well within the mission of the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust,” she added.

Wheeler said the system will play a key role in helping the organization expand its reach.

“We can better keep track of our supporters and partners and when and how we communicate with them,” she said.

Founded in 1877, Chase Home is dedicated to providing supportive and restorative residential and family services to at-risk youth in a safe and nurturing environment.

To learn more, visit www.chasehome.org.

Chase Home receives $3,000 grant

Chase Home makes final push in Wheels for Chase Home campaign

Sponsored by ConvenientMD, the ‘Wheels 4 Chase Home’ campaign is nearing the end of the road, but there is still time to help.

“The campaign is about $4,000 short of its goal of $20,000—it’s within reach,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “It’s crunch time now and we want to make sure we reach our goal.”

Ben Collins, executive director for ConvenientMD, said the organization has been proud to sponsor Chase Home’s campaign. He noted it has been important for them to help raise awareness about Chase Home and the importance of a new van.

“Chase Home is an incredible resource for the community,” he said. “It’s been fantastic to see how many people have contributed already and we’re confident we’ll finish the campaign successfully and Chase Home will get a van.”

At the end of 2017, Chase Home’s two vehicles were in dire need of an upgrade, as both were rapidly deteriorating and no longer reliable. Chase Home uses the vehicles to transport at-risk youth across the state and throughout the community.

“We are so grateful for how the community has responded to our need,” added Wheeler. “The Exeter Area New Car Dealers stepped up and led the charge for the purchase of our first vehicle…Now with the support of ConvenientMD and so many others, we are very close to providing the reliable transportation that is critical to our organization.”

Founded in 1877, Chase Home serves at-risk youth in its residential home and in the community. More recently, Chase Home has partnered with several agencies and towns to provide prevention and early intervention services to a wider group of youth. To learn more, visit www.chasehome.org.

 

Chase Home makes final push in Wheels for Chase Home campaign

Chase Home and Gove Group Real Estate Celebrate Thriving Partnership

Gove Group Real Estate recently celebrated the completion of their first year of partnership with Chase Home with a donation of $4,000. The donation will be used for programming that provides community and residential-based services to at-risk youth.

Gove Group Real Estate has long partnered with local organizations with a strong commitment to build lasting relationships with nonprofit agencies.
“Gove Group Real Estate has been a fantastic partner — they are tremendously supportive of everything we do,” shared Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “It has been a great partnership and we are looking forward to our second year of partnership with Gove Group. We were overjoyed by their recent $4,000 gift.”

Chase Home offers three types of services–residential and home based.  In the Residential Program, youth are offered a place to live, while they develop the skills they need to experience stability across multiple areas of their lives, including social, academic, emotional and family environments. The Home-Based Services Program provides similar services within the community. Most recently, Chase Home has partnered with several agencies and towns to provide prevention and early intervention services to a wider group of youth, all of whom are at-risk.

In working with Chase Home over the last year, Gove Group’s Patty O’Brien said they were able to see firsthand the impact affected by Chase Home.

“Chase Home represents much of what we have tried to accomplish over the years through our philanthropic efforts — to provide a positive force and influence for children all over the Seacoast area,” she said.

“Our partnership with Chase Home is not simply a donation, it’s personal,” added Elizabeth Harpin of the Gove Group management team. “On multiple occasions, we have been welcomed into their facility to meet the staff and even some of the kids.”

This spring, Gove Group is planning a Day of Caring effort for Chase Home. To learn more about Chase Home or other partnerships ad initiatives, visit Wheels 4 Chase Home campaign, visit www.chasehome.org.

 

Chase Home and Gove Group Real Estate Celebrate Thriving Partnership

Allen Wayside Furniture supporting Wheels 4 Chase Home Campaign

After Thanksgiving, ConvenientMD Urgent Care helped launch an online campaign to purchase a van for Chase Home to transport their kids—a campaign that has recently attracted the attention and support from Allen Wayside Furniture.

Allen Wayside Furniture’s Doug Abrams on the left with Chase Home’s Meme Wheeler

Through Christmas Eve, anyone willing to donate $10 on their purchase of $500 or more at Allen Wayside Furniture will receive a $50 discount toward that purchase. Through Jan 15, anyone willing to donate $50 will receive a $200 discount toward their purchase of any Stressless recliner, office chair or sofa.

“Chase Home is a fantastic organization that supports a great cause,” said CEO Doug Abrams. “Many of the other organizations that we support happen to be larger organizations that receive support from all over—and as great as it feels to donate to or support a cause, it feels even better knowing that your support is directly benefiting those in need within your own community.”

Currently, Chase Home is approximately 60% toward its fundraising goal of $20,000. Founded in 1877, Chase Home meets the needs of youth and families in active crisis through residential and community-based services with an emerging emphasis on prevention and early-intervention.

“We are thrilled and humbled at the support from the local community,” said Chase Home Executive Meme Wheeler. “This year has been challenging with both our primary vehicles going down at the same time. We cannot thank Allen Wayside Furniture enough for joining this campaign.”

She also expressed gratitude to ConvenientMD Urgent Care for launching what has become known as “Wheels 4 Chase Home.”

“We value our partnership with Convenient MD,” she said. “We are so grateful they helped us kick this whole thing off.”

The Wheels 4 Chase Home campaign follows a successful prior campaign in which it received $26,000 from the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association.

“We are just amazed at the support we have received this year,” added Wheeler. “This helps us achieve our mission, which is to meet the needs of youth and families in crisis. Reliable transportation is a critical piece to that.”

To contribute to “Wheels 4 Chase Home,” visit www.chasehome.org.

Allen Wayside Furniture supporting Wheels 4 Chase Home Campaign

ConvenientMD Urgent Care kickstarts Wheels 4 Chase Home Campaign

ConvenientMD’s Ali Beauregard on left and Ben Collins on the right with Chase Home’s Meme Wheeler.

From now through February of 2018, The Chase Home for Children will host an online campaign, sponsored by ConvenientMD Urgent Care, to purchase a new van to transport kids. Working with kids and families in active crisis, Chase Home serves the entire state of NH.

“We work with dozens of kids at any given time, so it is essential we have transportation in good working order,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “We have been concerned for the past year and a half about transportation—and it all came to a head this summer.”

For ConvenientMD Urgent Care Executive Director Ben Collins, the chance to lead a campaign that will rely on community support reflects their belief in Chase Home.

“We are proud to be involved in the campaign and lead this community initiative to support a well-deserving nonprofit with deep roots in this area,” he noted.

Expressing gratitude at the “incredible support” shown by ConvenientMD Urgent Care, Wheeler said a successful “Wheels” campaign will bolster the agency’s infrastructure for years.

“Dependable transportation is critical to our operation,” she said. “We transport kids across the state to and from Chase Home. A new van will enhance safety, provide predictability in future expenses, and strengthen our overall operations.”

The Wheels 4 Chase Home campaign follows on the heels of a $26,000 donation from the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association, which covered most of the costs associated with the purchase of another vehicle. According to Wheeler, 2017 has been challenging due to the deteriorating condition of both of the agency’s primary modes of transportation.

“It’s bad timing to have both vehicles go, but we believe community support can help fill in some of our gaps,” she said. “The Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association was amazing when it came to our first van, and then ConvenientMD came to us to assist us with the second van. We are so grateful.”

To contribute to “Wheels 4 Chase Home,” visit www.chasehome.org.

ConvenientMD Urgent Care kickstarts Wheels 4 Chase Home Campaign