Record turnout for Chase Home Fundraiser

On Tuesday, November 14, more than 140 people attended Chase Home’s 4th Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting at Tuscan Kitchen in Portsmouth with more than $25,000 raised to benefit services for at-risk youth.

Expressing “amazement” at the money raised from the event, which was sponsored by The Provident Bank, Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said she is equally enthused at the “new faces” in attendance.

“We had a number of people here who just heard about the event and our cause and wanted to get involved,” she said. “It was really incredible to see—and Tuscan Kitchen was an incredible host who contributed to the event, too. This as a wonderful group effort.”

For the event sponsors at The Provident Bank, contributing to Chase Home’s mission makes sense.

“I am honored to support this incredible event that not only brings awareness to the surrounding communities, but also gives children and families hope for a brighter future,” said Josephine Yeo, assistant vice president and business development officer.

Relationship Officer at The Provident Bank, Kelly Goodwin added, “I strongly believe in supporting the Chase Home because of its mission to help at-risk youth and their families in our surrounding communities. It is so important to help an organization that works hard to help these young people get back on track and lead meaningful lives.”

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

According to Jennifer Desrosiers, who serves on Chase Home’s Board of Directors, the event underscores critical needs.

“There are gaps in funding every year that we must fill,” she said. “Our hope is to continue to build a vibrant and supportive community around Chase Home so we can continue to meet complex needs.’

Mike LaLime, who serves with Desrosiers, said the generosity shown by individuals and businesses “significantly affects [their] bottom line.”

“There are more kids who need our services than we can work with on any given day,” he said. “With strong fundraising and best business practices, Chase Home can do more for our community. It’s happening.”

Since its first year in 2014, the annual fundraiser for Chase Home has grown from netting the agency $2,000 to this year’s total of more than $25,000.

“It is hard to put into words how important this event is to our agency,” said Wheeler. “It is now our job to work smart and effectively so we can change the lives of kids in crisis.”

To learn more about Chase Home, its Wheels 4 Chase Home campaign, or to offer support, visit www.chasehome.org.

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Record turnout for Chase Home Fundraiser

Chase Home receives $26,000 from Exeter Area New Car Dealers

For more than 50 years, the Exeter Area New Car Dealers, an association composed of several dealerships in the greater Exeter area, has made investments into local nonprofits with the latest directed into Chase Home.

Founded in 1877 in Portsmouth, Chase Home serves youth and families in crisis in the greater Seacoast region and across the state.

Left to Right: Mark Williams, Educational Coordinator Kristy Whipple Medical Coordinator Alyshia Kelleher Clinical Coordinator Cory Towne-Kerr Diversion Coordinator Meme Wheeler Bethany Murabito Independent Living Coordinator

According to Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, the association recently approved $26,000 toward the purchase of a 2016 12-passenger van with 300 miles on it.

“We had one vehicle that was literally off the road with our other primary vehicle on its ‘last legs’ so to speak,” she said. “This is a major contribution and one that enhances the safety of our staff and kids. It is also a boost to our bottom line…I cannot thank the association enough.”

While historically serving kids throughout the greater Seacoast, Wheeler said she believes the gift from the Exeter Area New Car Dealers will help to highlight Chase Home’s work in Exeter. She cited close ties with Exeter area schools, Exeter Police Department, Exeter Hospital and other agencies.

“We have worked in this community for years, but only recently started to promote our work here,” she said. “We really appreciate the association’s gift…This is a donation that will positively impact our operation for many years to come.”

To learn more about Chase Home, or its upcoming 4th Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting held at Tuscan Kitchen on Tuesday, November 14, visit www.chasehome.org.

Chase Home receives $26,000 from Exeter Area New Car Dealers

Tributary Brewing Co. to host charity night for Chase Home

On Thursday, November 9, Tributary Brewing Co, in Kittery, Maine will host a charity night with $1 from every 12-ounce pour to benefit Chase Home in Portsmouth.

The event will take place from 3 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, November 9 at Tributary Brewing Co. at 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery. Proceeds will benefit programs and services offered by Chase Home, which serves youth and families in crisis across New Hampshire.

Mike LaLime, who serves on Chase Home’s Board of Directors, said the support by Tributary Brewing Co. represents what is required by the agency to meet community needs.

“We meet needs that aren’t met by the federal or state government,” he said. “I hope people can take a little bit of time to stop by and support Chase Home. I hope we have a chance to meet community members there.”

To learn more about Chase Home, its upcoming fundraiser on November 14 at Tuscan Kitchen in Portsmouth, or to make a donation, visit www.chasehome.org.

Tributary Brewing Co. to host charity night for Chase Home

The Provident Bank to support Chase Home

The Provident Bank has invested $600 to support Chase Home’s 4th Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting with proceeds to benefit services for at-risk youth. The investment renews support offered by the bank last year.

Chase Home’s Meme Wheeler with The Provident Bank’s Josephine Yeo and Kelly Goodwin

“The Provident Bank shares a rich history with us that extends well back into the 1800’s—this is a special partnership between two agencies with deep roots in this region,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler.

Established in 1828, The Provident Bank is a mutually owned, independent community bank. Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the community related to at-risk children and youth.

For Kelly Goodwin, relationship office at The Provident Bank in Portsmouth, supporting Chase Home makes sense.

“The Provident Bank is proud to be a sponsor of The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth,” he said. “We realize how important it is to support this non-profit company in its mission to assist at-risk youth and their families located in our communities.”

Expressing “tremendous thanks” to The Provident Bank, Wheeler said their upcoming fundraiser is on pace to sell out.

“We are so grateful and the buzz this event is creating,” she said. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year—and the money raised directly goes to support critical needs.”

At the fundraiser, guests will enjoy light appetizers and chocolate (donated by Lindt) paired with several varieties of wine. The event takes place at Tuscan Kitchen, which is donating the space and providing substantial discounts on the food.

“Tuscan Kitchen is more than the host for this event—they have become a valued partner,” added Wheeler.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65, a pair is $110, 6 tickets are $300, and 12 are $600.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 14 from 6 to 8 pm at Tuscan Kitchen, 581 Lafayette Rd in Portsmouth.

There are a limited number of tickets offered for this event. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chasehome.org.

The Provident Bank to support Chase Home

Training the first step in combating teen suicide

Teen suicide is a significant problem nationwide and in particular on the Seacoast, which spurred Exeter Hospital to launch a 5-year initiative earlier this year to address its underlying causes.

To combat teen suicide, Meme Wheeler of Chase Home, principal member along with New Heights behind one of 11 projects funded by Exeter Hospital, said training of agencies that routinely work with teens is critical.

Left to right- Chase Home’s Meme Wheeler, Bethany Murabito, and Lindsey Ellis

“It’s critical we help staff understand what signs to look for and how to help—this includes our staff,” she said.

Noting their group will host a training on November 17 at the Community Campus in Portsmouth, she said she and several Chase Home staff will attend an educational workshop by nonprofit HAVEN on November 3. At the HAVEN training, participants will gain practical skills for identifying and responding to warning signs of suicide as well as an understanding how to implement a trauma-informed approach.

“It’s a workshop geared toward mental health practitioners, behavioral health professionals, school counselors, and others who work with youth—it will be a great resource for us,” she said. “HAVEN is one of the other nonprofits funded through Exeter Hospital, so it makes sense for us to collaborate as much as possible.”

HAVEN, formerly known as A Safe Place and SASS officially merged in July of 2015 becoming the largest violence prevention and support services agency in NH.

Located in Portsmouth, HAVEN’s mission is “to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking and to support and empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives.”

“Education and training is the first step in the fight again teen suicide,” Wheeler said. “I urge anyone who works with youth to consider the HAVEN training and our training in November, which will be taught by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.”

In commenting on the importance of HAVEN training, Wheeler said trauma lies at the heart of their work at Chase Home.

“We work with kids who have been through significant trauma—abuse, neglect, caregiver addiction, substance use and misuse—that’s just part of what we deal with every day,” she said.

Founded in 1877 in Portsmouth, Chase Home serves youth and families in crisis in the greater Seacoast region and across the state.

To learn more about the HAVEN training, visit www.havennh.org. To learn more about Chase Home and its training (information will be released shortly), visit www.chasehome.org.

Training the first step in combating teen suicide

Fall Gentlemen’s Night supports Chase Home

On Wednesday, October 11, nearly 100 people were in attendance Fall Gentlemen’s Night at Tuscan Kitchen. Billed as an “night of elevated style and wellness,” the evening also served to raise more than $800 to benefit Chase Home in Portsmouth. Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home meets the needs of youth and families in crisis.

Robin Pinzone of REP Branding Co., one of the principal organizers of the event, said giving back to the community is particularly important given the challenges faced by today’s youth.

Left to Right: Bill MacDonald (JHilburn), Meme Wheeler (Chase Home), Jeromy Morse (GM Tuscan Kitchen),Edwin Santana (Sales Tuscan Kitchen), Dana Brearley (musician), Jessica Todd (Jessica Todd Salon), Zach Gage (Federal Cigar), Robin Pinzone (REP Branding Co.), Graham Shaffer-Rais (JHilburn).

“Chase Home provides a place for youth to grow and change the path that their lives are on,” she said. “The world is a crazy place right now—and if we can just do our part in bringing out the good in our Portsmouth community, we can make a big impact.”

Expressing thanks at the more than $800 that was raised from the evening’s festivities, which included a raffle with nearly a dozen donated items, Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler expressed thanks to “friends, old and new.”

“This kind of event brings together a diverse group of people and businesses—some of know what Chase Home does and others who don’t,” she said. “Building awareness is key to our success, which is why I cannot thank Robin and the others who planned this event.”

In addition to Pinzone, other principal event organizers included J. Hilburn Stylists Bill MacDonald and Graham Shaffer-Rais. Serving as host, Tuscan Kitchen donated to the raffle and provided all of the food at no cost.

All our sponsors were great, but we especially want to thank Tuscan Kitchen for providing us with a beautiful space and delicious food for our guests to enjoy,” added Pinzone. “We are already looking forward to planning the next one in 2018.”

For Chase Home Board Member Mike LaLime, who attended the event, the efforts by Pinzone, MacDonald and Shaffer-Raise reflect a commitment to the community that should not be overlooked.

“There are many community supporters that work with Chase Home and other nonprofits,” he said. “What I loved about this event is that it showcased entrepreneurs and smaller businesses from many industries who care about this community. They are a very important part of ‘the village’ that supports Chase Home.”

To learn more about Chase Home, or its upcoming 4th Annual Wine, Appetizer & Chocolate Tasting held at Tuscan Kitchen on Tuesday, November 14, visit www.chasehome.org.

Fall Gentlemen’s Night supports Chase Home

Timberland returns to help Chase Home

As part of its longstanding commitment to providing employees with 40 paid service hours every year, Timberland sent 50 volunteers to help the Chase Home for Children renovate and beautify its Portsmouth facility in September.

Similar to its efforts at Chase Home last year, Timberland volunteers spearheaded a number of projects, such as painting bedrooms and activity rooms, landscaping part of the 26-acre property, and putting together shelving and other donated furniture. With many donning shirts commemorating Timberland’s Paths to Service program, helpers also managed to move more than a century’s worth of Chase Home records and files from the basement to a cleaner, drier location on the third floor.

“We wouldn’t be able to do our job right to completely support the kids in a really clean, put-together facility if it weren’t for the efforts of folks like Timberland,” said Meme Wheeler, Chase Home’s Executive Director. “Seeing the facility improved in real time helps instill pride in our kids. This is where they live–and it takes a village to keep it working well and feeling like home.”

“We’ve been looking forward to a new archive room in particular for quite a long time,” she added.

For Jason Blades, community service manager for Timberland, aiding an organization like Chase Home typifies their Paths to Service initiative, now 25 years in the making.

“We always encourage employees to use their volunteer hours by getting involved where they work, live, and play,” he said. “We look at our employees’ time as our most valuable resource, so having them help an institution like Chase Home, which always works so hard to meet pressing needs in that same community, is something we’re proud to promote.”

Founded in 1952, Timberland has since become one of world’s most recognizable outdoor-apparel brands. Headquartered in Stratham, the company is renowned for its environmental stewardship and community outreach initiatives. 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.

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PHOTO CAPTIONS

1. Employees from Timberland stand outside the Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during a September 19 volunteering trip.

2. Volunteers from Timberland put the finishing touches on a paint job, part of volunteering efforts conducted by the company at Portsmouth’s chase Home for Children on September 19.

3. Timberland volunteers help beautify an outdoor garden on the grounds of Portsmouth’s Chase Home for Children during a recent volunteering trip

Timberland returns to help Chase Home