The Chase Home, Gather and others fight food insecurity

For at-risk youth who come to live at The Chase Home in Portsmouth while receiving services, a proper nutrition is a critical part of their treatment plan.

“It’s very important we help youth and their families understand the importance of healthy eating and its connection to better physical and mental health,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler.

Healthy eating at The Chase Home recently received a financial boost from Northeast Delta Dental, which invested $2,500 to support its food program. This latest gift builds on a $5,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands to purchase organic fresh food for its youth residents.

“These investments will enable us to prepare the most nutritious food possible,” said Wheeler, who cited a partnership with nonprofit Gather as equally critical in combating food insecurity for their kids.

Meme Wheeler (l) with Deb Anthony (r)
Meme Wheeler (l) with Deb Anthony

“Gather has been an invaluable resource and partner for us as we look for creative ways to provide the best food possible to our residents,” she added.

Last summer, Executive Director Deb Anthony said Gather and The Chase Home both worked together in several ways.

“We each helped organize a project where Liberty Mutual came to build containers into
which volunteers from both agencies then planted gardens,” she said. “Gather and Chase Home  volunteers also helped to maintain and harvest these gardens. Some area high school students helped, too.”

Seneca Bernard, associate executive director at Gather, said they often look to students to
provide them with ideas upon which they may improve their programs, such as Meals 4 Kids.

“These students are a wonderful addition to the Gather workforce,” he added.

Anthony said some residents at The Chase Home also volunteer at Gather.

“Our regular volunteers are sad when the kids move on,” said Anthony, who said cooks and older residents at The Chase Home occasionally shop at Gather.

For Wheeler, strategic partnerships with Gather, Northeast Delta Dental, Harvard Pilgrim Health  Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands underscore the importance of collaboration.

“By working together and sharing resources, we are addressing complex problems in our
community,” she said. “We are grateful for each and every partnership and will continue to build  strong relationships to better meet community needs.”

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

Founded in 1816, Gather is charged with the mission to make the Greater Seacoast a hunger-free community. To learn more, visit gathernh.org.

The Chase Home, Gather and others fight food insecurity

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands Award $5,000 Grant to The Chase Home in Portsmouth

Located in Portsmouth and serving at-risk youth statewide, The Chase Home recently received a $5,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands to purchase organic fresh food for its residents.

“This is an incredible opportunity to provide youth who live here with a quality of food that most, if not all, have never experienced before,” noted Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home.

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The youth who live at The Chase Home receive 24/7 therapeutic, clinical and mentoring supports–and according to Wheeler, a healthy, well-balanced diet is an important part of their treatment plan.

“So many of these kids have never even had a meal around a dinner table,” Wheeler added. “It is critical we do all we can to not only meet their basic needs, but also help them make better decisions about their food choices. This grant helps us take a major step forward in that direction.”

Kristi Bridge, accounting manager with Tuscan Brands, said they are thrilled to continue their relationship with The Chase Home in providing healthy food and wellness to their youth.

“We are grateful to partner with Harvard Pilgrim to support the team at The Chase Home in building a solid foundation for youth in need in our community,” said Bridge.

Tuscan Brands provides authentic Italian food with its market and kitchen as well as private dining and catering in Salem and Portsmouth, N.H., and Burlington and Boston, Mass. For more information, visit www.tuscanbrands.com.

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. To learn more, visit www.chasehome.org

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim’s mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve. The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In 2018, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded more than $1.25 million in grants to more than 855 nonprofit organizations in the region. Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded $150 million in funds and resources throughout the four states.

For more information, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands Award $5,000 Grant to The Chase Home in Portsmouth

The Chase Home launches window campaign

In addition to providing services to at-risk youth and families in the community, The Chase Home is an actual home for dozens, a reality that sometimes entails major capital projects.

Comprising more than 30,000 square feet and built in 1902, The Chase Home building is in “dire need” of new windows in the majority of its 18 bedrooms, according to Executive Director Meme Wheeler.

Craig with a broken window“We were aware that the windows were in rough shape, but several recent inspections have made it clear we cannot make it through the winter with many of our current bedroom windows,” she explained. “Some bedrooms are unusable as a result.”

Noting some have rotten sills, Director of Operations Craig Dennis said others are literally falling out.

“It’s not safe, and we are in a bit of a bind,” he said. “Winter came earlier than we might have liked, but we are going to do our best to at least replace the worst of the windows.”

In total, 54 windows require replacement with total costs estimated at $42,000. In 2019, other capital projects, including a new roof, are slated to begin.

“We are exploring all possibilities to help finance the windows and other required projects,” explained Wheeler, who said she believes a recently launched online campaign could prove successful.

“We have been amazed at the increase in support from the community and believe this latest project can help us strengthen and expand our network of friends and supporters,” she added. “We are truly indebted to the Portsmouth community and friends and businesses from across the region.”

The result of this increase in support, noted Dennis, is an increase in numbers served.

“We have probably increased the numbers we serve on an annual basis by 33% percent in just the past few years,” he said. “The needs in Portsmouth and across the state are there, and Chase Home must continue to aggressively expand to meet these needs.”

Founded in 1877, Chase Home in Portsmouth is one of the oldest nonprofits in New Hampshire, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at Chase Home.

To learn more about The Chase Home, or to contribute to the window campaign, visit chasehome.org or mightycause.com/story/Chasehomewindows.

The Chase Home launches window campaign

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation grants $7,500 award to The Chase Home

Recently, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant to The Chase Home in support of the organization’s operational expenses.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth is one of the oldest nonprofits in New Hampshire, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at The Chase Home.

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Left to right: Meme Wheeler, Executive Director, The Chase Home for Children; Timothy Felter, EVP, CFO & Treasurer, Newburyport Bank.

“This award is incredible, because we can invest it in our operations where it is needed the most,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home.

While the state of NH mandates that The Chase Home provide services to at-risk youth, it only funds part of what it costs to deliver services and provide room and board.

“An unrestricted gift like this provides us with flexibility on how we spend it, which amplifies the impact of the investment,” explained Wheeler. “We are very thankful for to receive this award from Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation, especially at a time of year that can be so challenging to our kids and their families.”

“When it comes to protecting at-risk children in our communities, The Chase House leaves no stone unturned,” stated Lloyd L. Hamm, President & CEO of Newburyport Bank. “They offer exceptional programs, and all of them address the need to develop the life skills necessary to experience more stability in life. Those necessary skills serve our youth today, and will become even more beneficial in the future. Our Charitable Foundation is proud to participate in such important work.”

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation grants $7,500 award to The Chase Home

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