My Reis Salon gives back to The Chase Home

With locations in Exeter and Portsmouth, My Reis Salon recently provided an opportunity for several female youth at The Chase Home to receive a custom cut and style from a stylist.

Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home, expressed gratitude to Nicole Reis, who owns the salon.

“She approached us, and it was just a wonderful experience for our girls,” she said. “We try to work with local businesses to provide our youth with meaningful life enhancement opportunities. We are so thankful for Nicole and her team.”

For Reis, giving back to nonprofits, including The Chase Home, is an important part of her business.

“It is important for me to try and give back to the places that give so much to the community,” she said. “I am very happy we could help these girls look and feel their best.”

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, intervention, residential and community-based programs.

To learn more about The Chase Home, visit chasehome.org.

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My Reis Salon gives back to The Chase Home

Local artist creates a mural at The Chase Home

Recently, local artist Natalee Miller created a mural in the girls dorm at The Chase Home in Portsmouth. For Miller, the opportunity to work with The Chase Home was special in a multitude of ways.

“I love doing murals and working larger than I do on a day to day basis,” she said. “They gave me total artistic freedom, which is very rare and kind of a dream project. Most of my work and style also revolves around the female experience in some way, so it was a no-brainer.”

An illustrator and designer, she said she has had the urge lately to “go large scale and play with interiors and spaces more,” which made the project at The Chase Home even more enjoyable.

“I love doing murals and treating walls like a huge sheet of drawing paper,” said Miller, who said all her works tend to reflect a revolving collection of themes and things that inspire her.

She does tend to work with common conceptual threads that generally relate to history, nostalgia and fashion.

“I also can’t seem to break away from the late 70s and 80s no matter what I do,” she laughed.

In total, the project took 15 hours to complete.

“I had to work in small time increments while school was in session so I wouldn’t be in the way,” she added.

While at The Chase Home, Miller said she did, however, have the chance to meet some of the youth who live there.

“They did keep me company a few times and it was fun and hilarious,” she said. “Everyone I met there was great.”

The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler expressed appreciation for Miller’s artistic contribution.

“It is wonderful to have this place feel as much like a home as possible,” she said. “The girls love this mural and so does the staff.”

Miller said she is also thankful that she was “handed this wall and trusted to do [her] thing.”

“The whole experience was great,” she said. “Everyone was incredibly warm and accommodating, and I’m honored to have my work at The Chase Home.”

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.

To learn more about The Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.

Local artist creates a mural at The Chase Home

The Chase Home Receives $1,000 Life Enhancement Grant

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Cory Towne-Kerr (l), Coordinator of The Chase Home’s Seacoast Community Diversion Program, with Meme Wheeler, Executive Director of The Chase Home

A $1,000 grant from the Rosamond Thaxter Foundation of Maine will enable youth at The Chase Home in Portsmouth to have an opportunity to participate in competitive athletics and gain important life skills.

“We are very grateful for the Rosamond Thaxter Foundation’s history of generosity and commitment to at-risk youth,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. “Because of their support, our residents will have opportunities at a scale otherwise not possible.”

Serving youth from age 11 to 19, The Chase Home provides life enhancement opportunities on a regular basis throughout the year. These activities provide opportunities for at-risk youth to gain confidence and practice important life skills while simply having fun as kids.

“Such life enhancement opportunities have included community or school sporting activities, educational field trips, adventure-based learning activities and group recreational activities,” said Wheeler, who noted the grant fills budget gaps.

“While Title I provides us with $8,000 per year for life enhancement activities, it represents a mere fraction of their actual cost,” she added.

The Rosamond Thaxter Foundation’s mission is to support charitable organizations in and around Kittery Maine, Portsmouth New Hampshire, and the Isles of Shoals. A lifelong resident of Kittery Point, Maine, Rosamond Thaxter was a philanthropist, writer, public speaker, and world traveler. “Rozzie,” as she liked to be called, established her charitable foundation in 1964 to continue to support local non-profit organizations with whom she had been involved for many years.

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.

To learn more about The Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.

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The Chase Home Receives $1,000 Life Enhancement Grant

The Rite Aid Foundation Donates $5,000 To The Chase Home

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In celebration of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media, The Chase Home has received a $5,000 grant as part of KidCents Thanks For Giving Holiday program. The grant will be used to support community and residential-based services and programs for at-risk youth and families.

“We are proud to be a part of the KidCents Thanks For Giving Holiday program,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director. “This past #GivingTuesday and everyday, The Rite Aid Foundation’s support helps us to continue improving the lives of children in our community.”

Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 440 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

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 Chase Home.

To learn more about The Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.

The Rite Aid Foundation Donates $5,000 To The Chase Home

Positions Available on Board of Directors at the Chase Home

Building on the success of its 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting, which netted more than $45,000 to support services for at-risk youth, Chase Home is looking to fill open seats on its Board of Directors.

“This is the perfect opportunity for professionals from any industry to join a nonprofit in a supervisory capacity and make an impact,” said Rob Levey. “I love being on the board. It does require some time each month, but it is well worth it.”

Fellow Board Member Mike LaLime, who joined the board around the same time as Levey in 2014, agrees and said his involvement at Chase Home is one of his professional highlights.

“I’m proud of the work we do here and our impact on the community, especially kids who really deserve a chance at a great life,” said LaLime, a Portsmouth native and former Portsmouth police officer. “I know Chase Home from when I worked with them on the force, and I know how important this agency is to the greater Seacoast.”

Founded in 1877, Chase Home 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.

Current Directors on the Board include Rob Levey, Jennifer Desrosiers, William Tucker, Zac Abrams, Mike LaLime, Shane McDonough, Justin Rivlin, Cara Siegel and Daniel Thompson. Kathy Birse-Siegel is active Emeritus.

“We really have a great group of people on this Board,” added Levey. “We are not looking for just one type of person, either, to join us. If you care about people and have about 5 hours a month where you can donate some time, we want to talk with you.”

To inquire about joining Chase Home’s Board of Directors or its soon to be launched Ambassador Program (with a less formal commitment of time), contact Executive Director Meme Wheeler at (603) 436-2216 or mwheeler@chasehome.org.

Positions Available on Board of Directors at the Chase Home

Fundraiser Nets Nearly $50,000 to Support The Chase Home

On Tuesday, November 13, more than 125 attendees gathered at The Atlantic Grill in Rye to support The Chase Home, which works with at-risk youth and families. While an official tally has yet to be released, net proceeds from the 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting exceed $45,000, monies that will support the agency across several residential and community based programs.

“We are so grateful at the support shown by individuals, corporate sponsors and the larger Seacoast community,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “This year’s total far exceeds anything we raised in prior years.”

Last year, Chase Home netted approximately $30,000 from the same event with 2016’s total at roughly $10,000. The first two years of the event each netted approximately $2,500, respectively.

“The event keeps growing, because I think people are starting to realize more of what we do and how long we have been doing it,” added Wheeler.

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.

The highlight of the evening for many was the role played by a former resident, who spoke about her struggles in life and how Chase Home continues to support her. Noting there was not “a dry eye in the house,” Board Member Jennifer Desrosiers, principal event organizer and owner of Laney & Lu in Exeter, said it was an honor to hear her story.

“I’m proud of Chase Home for being a beacon of light for her,” she said. “I’m grateful for the overwhelming generosity of our community…Last night was a special moment for Chase Home.”

Fellow Board Member Daniel Thompson, a financial advisor with The Grieb & Chace Group in Portsmouth, agreed and said the young woman’s story opened the eyes of many.

“There are people struggling here in this community, including many kids,” he said. “I want people to know Chase Home is there for them and has been for a very long time. We will continue to meet the needs of kids and families in crisis.”

At the event, chocolate was donated by Enna Chocolate in Epping and La Cascade Du Chocolat in Exeter. The event was captured in photos by Raya on Assignment. Major sponsors for the event included Margaret and David Witham, Kennebunk Savings and Meredith Village Savings Bank with additional support from more than a dozen other organizations.

“Local businesses and individuals from across the Seacoast should be thanked for their generosity,” said Wheeler. “We cannot achieve our mission without these kinds of partnerships.”

Board Member and Portsmouth native Mike LaLime, who works for Response Team 1, said he believes the mission of Chase Home will continue to attract new sponsors and supporters.

“Kids deserve a chance, and we give them that chance at Chase Home,” he said. “Tuesday’s success is proof that the community is starting to recognize what we do…We are very grateful.”

To learn more about Chase Home, or to inquire on joining the Board of Directors, visit http://www.chasehome.org.

Fundraiser Nets Nearly $50,000 to Support The Chase Home

Event Fills Gaps, Saves Lives

One of the biggest questions faced by nonprofit agencies like The Chase Home in Portsmouth is how to address gaps in their respective budgets, which is generally answered through fundraising events. For The Chase Home, one answer is its upcoming 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting, an event Executive Director Meme Wheeler said underscores harsh realities.

“We are mandated to address the needs of youth and families in crisis, and we are underfunded,” she said. “It is a reality we face everyday.”

Taking place on Tuesday, November 13 at The Atlantic Grill in Rye, the fundraising goal for The Chase Home’s 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting is $50,000. Describing this goal as “admittedly ambitious,” Jennifer Desrosiers, who serves on The Chase Home Board and is the owner of Laney & Lu in Exeter, cited a sense of urgency.

“To ensure we meet current needs and build a platform for future sustainability, we need to engage the community and get people to feel like this is their Chase Home,” she said. “We are meeting critical complex social needs within vulnerable populations. I believe we can achieve our fundraising goal and I am very excited at making new friends for The Chase Home.”

In addition to wine, chocolate and appetizers, this year’s event will feature a silent and live auction. Proceeds will support programs and services provided by The Chase Home to at-risk youth and families in crisis.

Major sponsors for the event include Kennebunk Savings and Meredith Village Savings Bank with additional support from nearly a dozen other organizations and individuals. Many event sponsors are new to The Chase Home, including Northeast Delta Dental.

“We are happy to support The Chase Home’s efforts to help meet the needs of New Hampshire’s at-risk youth,” said Tom Raffio, president & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental. “We are committed to improving the overall health and wellness of the communities we serve throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.”

Expressing appreciation for “all those who support The Chase Home,” Wheeler added, “Gaps in our budget are youth in crisis. By working together, we can eliminate these gaps now and take steps to reduce them in the future.”

The 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting will take place on Tuesday, November 13 from 6 and 8 pm at The Atlantic Grill, 5 Pioneer Road in Rye. Doors open at 5:30 pm and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Event Fills Gaps, Saves Lives