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.

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Event Fills Gaps, Saves Lives

Kennebunk Savings Supports The Chase Home

On Tuesday, November 13 at The Atlantic Grill in Rye, more than 150 people are expected to attend The Chase Home’s 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting. The nonprofit agency’s largest fundraiser, it has attracted the support of Kennebunk Savings, which recently presented a $2,500 check to Meme Wheeler, executive director at The Chase Home.

According to Wheeler, the financial support and emerging partnership are critical to their operations.

“We rely on contributed revenue to fill gaps in our budget,” she said. “The state mandates our services and compensates us, but what we receive is sometimes half of what it actually costs. We are so grateful to Kennebunk Savings and their belief in our mission.”

While noting that reducing expenses is always on the agency’s list of objectives, Wheeler said the level of support required by the at-risk youth they serve comes with hard costs.

“We are charged with solving the most complex social issues with resources that are often inadequate and a funding landscape that is constantly changing,” she said. “Corporate sponsorships like this with Kennebunk Savings help provide critically needed financial support that we can then use how and when we need it.”

Kennebunk Savings’ Carlos Maldonado, who is also volunteering his time to work with The Chase Home’s Seacoast Community Diversion Program (SCDP), said he is proud to support the agency.

“I decided to join the Seacoast Community Diversion Program, because I’m a big believer in the advantages of restorative justice and our youth receiving a second chance,” he said.

The goal of the SCDP is to divert youth from re-offending and entering the Juvenile Justice System.

“The program offers children and their families the opportunity to partake in therapeutic services and adventure based learning to help address the challenges they face,” he added.

As for why Kennebunk Savings has elected to support The Chase Home, Maldonado said their organizational goal is “to partner with organizations that meet the needs of our community.”

“We felt that The Chase Home’s mission of supporting at-risk youth and their families was a great fit,” he said. “We’re proud to sponsor their upcoming Wine & Chocolate Tasting fundraiser.”

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. These programs and services include Residential Services, Home-Based Services, Seacoast Community Diversion Program, Independent Living and Seacoast Youth Suicide Prevention Network.

In addition to Kennebunk Savings, major financial support is provided by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

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.

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 http://www.chasehome.org.

Kennebunk Savings Supports The Chase Home

Grand Opening at The Groomsmith Nets $3,000 to Support The Chase Home

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The result of substantial effort made by numerous businesses, a Grand Opening Event at The Groomsmith in Portsmouth this past Saturday netted $3,000 to support 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.

Organized by J. Hilburn stylists, Graham Shaffer-Rais and Bill MacDonald, the event raised money through haircuts and financial contributions from Port City Nissan, Bangor Savings Bank, Kane Insurance, and RE/MAX On The Move. TD Bank also attended the event and presented a check to support The Chase Home’s Van Maintenance Fund.

At the event, guests enjoyed complimentary food and drink, courtesy of Ristorante Massimo The River House, Cup of Joe, The Fresh Press, Great Rhythm, and Cisco Brewers.

The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who attended the event, said she is thrilled at the support and opportunity to build new relationships with area businesses and sponsors.

“The financial support is great, but Graham and Bill also introduced us to many new people,” she said. “The opportunity to explain our mission and get new people and businesses engaged is so important for us.”

For MacDonald, the best part of the day for him was the chance to see male youth from The Chase Home receive professional haircuts from Reed and Zach Maerder.

“It was amazing to see how Reed and Zach’s cuts raised their confidence level while they were there,” he said.

Reed agreed and added, “You never truly know the impact a simple act of kindness has on an individual. Zach and I were thrilled to see the boys in such high spirits while visiting The Groomsmith.”

Expressing gratitude for all the effort that went into the event, Wheeler said such grassroots efforts are critically important.

“Events like this raise money and raise awareness while at the same time connect nonprofit agencies with new people–they do everything you really need from a development perspective all at one time,” she said. “I want everyone to know that The Chase Home is a wonderful agency, and I hope people have fun working with us, too. We love collaborations.”

To learn more about The Chase Home, or its upcoming 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting on November 13 with major support by Kennebunk Savings and Meredith Village Savings Bank, visit chasehome.org.

Grand Opening at The Groomsmith Nets $3,000 to Support The Chase Home

Meredith Village Savings Bank and The Chase Home to Team Up Again

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In July, The Chase Home met with Jim Carrigan at Meredith Village Savings Bank, which led to a $1,000 contribution and now $2,500 to sponsor the agency’s 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

Taking place at The Atlantic Grill in Rye on November 13, the event is the largest fundraiser for The Chase Home, which serves more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs.

In discussing the partnership, Rob Levey, board president at The Chase Home, said it goes well beyond “financial transactions.”

“Ultimately, we have shared visions,” he explained. “Both of our organizations want a vibrant, healthy community. By working together and sharing our skills and resources, we can more effectively make this shared vision a reality.”

Meme Wheeler, The Chase Home executive director, said she is impressed at the time the bank has taken to understand the work undertaken by the agency.

“We are not just a residential home for at-risk kids,” said Wheeler. “We are a clinical treatment facility that provides 24/7 supports and services. We also work in the community, schools, community health centers, primary care facilities…It is great to be able to explain what we do to Jim so they can better understand the challenges faced by many in this community.”

For Carrigan, the fundraiser in November is “a festive and fun evening that raises awareness for Chase Home’s supportive programs and their service to local at-risk youth.”

“All proceeds contribute to the health and well-being of local children being served,” he said. “Not only am I proud to sponsor, but I want to encourage everyone to join us for what is certain to be a fabulous night for the most worthy of causes.”

This genuine enthusiasm, according to Wheeler, is “refreshing.”

“We want people excited about the chance to turn kids’ lives around,” she said. “We look forward to continuing to work with Meredith Village Savings Bank in the coming months.”

Carrigan agrees and said their continued support reflects the bank’s overarching philanthropic mission.

“We care about the communities we serve,” he said. “We feel strongly that supporting The Chase Home is a great way to not only demonstrate this care, but make a difference in the lives of kids and families in need of help.”

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.

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

Meredith Village Savings Bank and The Chase Home to Team Up Again

The Groomsmith to Celebrate Opening to Support The Chase Home

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Located at 28 Deer St. in Portsmouth, The Groomsmith will host a Grand Opening Event on Saturday, October 27 from 10 am to 4 pm with proceeds from all haircuts to benefit The Chase Home.

The Groomsmith is owned by Reed Maerder, who received his initial training at the New England School of Barbering in Concord, NH and then attended school at TONI&GUY. The event is hosted in partnership with J. Hilburn stylists, Graham Shaffer-Rais and Bill MacDonald.

In addition to proceeds from haircuts benefiting the nonprofit agency, male youth who live at The Chase Home will receive haircuts from both Reed and his brother Zach, who also serves as manager.

For Reed, the opportunity to celebrate their new business and support The Chase Home is “very exciting.”

“I’m happy we can give back to such a worthwhile nonprofit and introduce Portsmouth to what we offer,” he said. “It should be fun.”

At the event, complimentary food and refreshments will be available for guests, courtesy of Ristorante Massimo The River House, Cup of Joe and The Fresh Press. There will also be a variety of raffle giveaways with proceeds to support The Chase Home. An emcee will be present at the event, too, to “liven things up.”

The event is sponsored by Port City Nissan, Kane Insurance, Bangor Savings Bank and RE/MAX On The Move in Hampton. All four businesses have made a financial contribution, all of which will go toward The Chase Home.

Expressing the hope that the event will promote the new barbershop and raise awareness about The Chase Home, Shaffer-Rais said he and MacDonald are excited to be involved in it.

“We can think nothing more empowering than to set up these young gentlemen with the best haircut they’ve ever had by the best talent around,” he said.

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.

“I thank Graham, Bill, Reed, sponsors, and those who wish to remain anonymous, all of whom have come together to plan this great community event,” said The Chase Home Board President Rob Levey. “Events like these can not only change lives, they can actually save them.”

The Groomsmith’s Grand Opening Event will take place on Saturday, October 27 at 28 Deer St. in Portsmouth from 10 am to 4 pm.

To learn more about The Groomsmith, visit thegroomsmith.us. To learn more about The Chase Home, or its upcoming 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting with major support by Kennebunk Savings and Meredith Village Savings Bank, visit chasehome.org.

The Groomsmith to Celebrate Opening to Support The Chase Home

Corporate sponsors, community rallying to support Chase Home

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Founded in 1877, The Chase Home was still unknown to many on the Seacoast just a few years ago, which is not the case today as it recently announced its 5th Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

Taking place for the first time at The Atlantic Grill in Rye, this year’s event (November 13) has already attracted several corporate supporters, including Kennebunk Savings as Chocolate Sponsor.

“We are thrilled at this new partnership with Kennebunk Savings,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. “Their team visited us for an on-site visit and took the time to learn what we do and who we serve…This is an incredible partnership.”

Last year, the annual fundraiser netted more than $30,000, an amount that Jennifer Desrosiers, who serves on The Chase Home board, believes they can eclipse this year by “a wide margin.”

“What amazes me about The Chase Home is the scope of our services and just how involved we are in the lives of kids in crisis,” she said. “It’s what brought me here as a volunteer and board member–and I think it is bringing more people to our event each year, too.”

In addition to wine, chocolate and appetizers, the event will feature a silent and live auction. Proceeds from the event will support programs and services provided by The Chase Home to youth and families in crisis. These programs and services include Residential Services , Home-Based Service, Seacoast Community Diversion, Independent Living and Seacoast Youth Suicide Prevention Network.

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“We feel it is important to share with the community exactly what their dollars will support,” added Desrosiers, who owns Laney & Lu in Exeter.

In addition to Kennebunk Savings, financial support is also provided by Great Island Realty, The Provident Bank and Private Client Underwriters.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250, all of which include complimentary admission(s) to the event.

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. Door open at 5:30 pm.

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

Corporate sponsors, community rallying to support Chase Home

Former Chase Home resident shares story with current kids

The Chase homeFounded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth has met the needs of kids in crisis, which has meant different things to people who have lived there or accessed their community-based services. For Dan, who lived there in the early 1990’s, The Chase Home helped save his life.

“I had been in 4 foster homes,” he said. “It was not a stable situation for me.”

In between his stays at foster homes, Dan stayed with his father whom he noted was not a constant in his life as a child and often neglectful. He said they often had to source their own food, too.

“It was a very dysfunctional family,” he said. “I really did not feel safe at all.”

While protocols are different now regarding how kids and youth access services at The Chase Home–they are generally now mandated by the state–Dan said he was able to request placement there in January of 1990.

“I fell in love with the place,” he said. “I could get some relief and deal with some of my demons and be a better person.”

For him, some of the excitement at being at The Chase Home stemmed from basic needs having been met.

“I remember walking in and sitting down that first night at the dinner table and having a sweet meatball sub–it was the best meal I had had in forever,” he said. “I was so excited to get a decent hot meal.”

In addition to hot meals, Dan said he received counseling and support at The Chase Home.

“They did a lot for me as a resident,” he said. “They made sure I graduated high school on time. They did a lot for me while I was there.”

Now living in central NH with his wife, Dan said these fond memories of The Chase Home recently spurred him to reach out to staff and see if he could offer assistance.

“Every time we went to the Seacoast, I would make a point to drive by and see the building through the woods,” he said. “I would always tell my wife, ‘This was my home.’ I wanted to do more, though.”

Upon hearing from Dan, who joined the army after leaving The Chase Home, served as an EMT and is now a firefighter, Executive Director Meme Wheeler said she knew how he could help the kids.

“If we can get former residents here to talk to the kids, that is always very impactful,” she said. “They have walked in these kids’ shoes–they don’t need to prove themselves. A lot of the kids end up listening.”

In talking with residents, Dan shared his experiences while at The Chase Home and expressed his belief that they all have the power to make their own lives better.

“The people at Chase Home are there to help these kids,” he said.”I hope they are not afraid to ask for help…I asked for help and I’m glad I did.”

Expressing pride in also working for the New Hampshire State Firemen’s Association, which he said serves as a support system, too, Dan acknowledged the path to ‘now’ has been anything but easy.

“I’ve had a lot happen and had some setbacks, but I’m in a much better place now,” he said. “It’s not easy, but it’s possible…I just want people to know that places like Chase Home can help. They are making a difference.”

Wheeler added, “Dan is making a difference, too.”

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 and receive comprehensive support and services.

Youth served by The Chase Home include those who have been abused, neglected, or in trouble with the law. To learn more about The Chase Home and its programs, visit www.chasehome.org.

Former Chase Home resident shares story with current kids