The Chase Home’s Summer Program in Full Swing

School may be out, but things are ramping up at The Chase Home in Portsmouth, as staff coordinate a variety of activities for the youth who live there during the summer.

Some of the organizations with whom The Chase Home works include Adventurelore, Portsmouth Paddleboard, Gunstock Tree Top Adventures and Wild Life Adventures among others. In addition to the activities provided through these organizations, youth will go deep sea fishing this summer, camping, work in a garden, ride on the Scenic Conway Railroad and attend education seminars facilitated by partner nonprofits.

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According to Executive Director Meme Wheeler, Title I funds these activities.

“Our summer program helps to empower kids and experience things they have never tried before,” she said. “It’s important we support them in these ways, especially during the summer, which has much less structure than the school year.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home is one of the oldest nonprofits in the Granite State, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth live at The Chase Home while receiving services.

Kids in The Chase Home Summer Program“We serve kids who have been abused, neglected, or starting to get in serious trouble,” added Wheeler.

The Chase Home is also working to combat teen suicide in the state as part of a multi-year initiative funded by Exeter Hospital.

“The backdrop for all our services is that kids and young people today are feeling enormous pressures in a society that is 24/7 and always on the go,” she said. “Today’s society is a pressure cooker, so it is very important that we and other human service agencies work together to build frameworks for support that help kids and families alike.”

The Chase Home works with youth and families in crisis from Portsmouth and throughout the state. To learn more about The Chase Home, or its programs, visit www.chasehome.org.

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The Chase Home’s Summer Program in Full Swing

Chase Home receives unexpected award

“Small but mighty” is most likely how many staff at The Chase Home might characterize their role in the greater Seacoast community, which makes an award of the same name that much more gratifying. For the month of June, The Chase Home has been named “Small but Mighty Business of the Month” by The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, which is presented by Federal Savings Bank.

 

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Top (left to right): The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth’s Bill MacDonald, The Chase Home’s Mark Williams, Lindsey Ellis, Bethany Murabito. Bottom (left to right): Federal Savings Bank’s Val Dyer, The Chase Home’s Meme Wheeler and Federal Savings Bank’s Pam Bishop.

Upon hearing of the award, The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said she did not even realize the nonprofit agency had been nominated.

“It is awesome,” she said. “Recognition for our work is always welcomed. I think a lot of people in the community still do not realize all that we do for kids on the Seacoast.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home is one of the oldest nonprofits in the Granite State, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth actually live at The Chase Home while receiving services.

“These are youth who may have been abused, neglected, or they may be acting out and getting into a lot of trouble with the law,” added Wheeler. “We approach them with a therapeutic framework designed to uncover the root causes of their problems.”

The Chase Home is also working to combat teen suicide in the state as part of a multi-year initiative funded by Exeter Hospital.

“This award from the chamber helps usher in a new focus for The Chase Home that is going to put us out there more in the community,” said Mike LaLime, who serves on the board of directors at The Chase Home. “We are very grateful for this award, because it raises awareness about what we do and why it is so important.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home works with youth and families in crisis from Portsmouth and throughout the state. To learn more about The Chase Home, or its programs, visit www.chasehome.org.

Chase Home receives unexpected award

Exeter Hospital-led initiative continues to combat teen suicide

With suicide the second leading cause of death for young people in New Hampshire, Exeter Hospital launched an ambitious multi-year initiative in 2017 to combat it that gave rise to 11 funded projects.

One of these projects is the Seacoast Youth Suicide Prevention Network (SYSPN), which will host a summit on May 22 at the Community Campus in Portsmouth for any agency or association that works with youth.

The Chase Home (92 of 92)According to Cory Towne-Kerr of The Chase Home, one of several founding members of the initiative, the purpose of the summit is to build a “functioning support network” for vulnerable youth.

“There are a lot of great services and program for youth, but they really don’t know what is available in the community,” she said. “We offer services in our network, too, and want to connect with any other organization in the community…This summit will help make those connections.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home works with youth and families in crisis from Portsmouth and throughout the state. They are joined by founding partners New Heights and Seacoast Outright.

“There has been a lot of groundwork in the past year to build this network,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director at The Chase Home. “We now need to promote it and raise awareness about teen suicide. There are so many young people struggling in our communities. Nonprofits need to work collaboratively to address this critical issue.”

To learn more about this summit, or to attend, contact Cory Towne-Kerr at ctowne@chasehome.org. To learn more about The Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.

Exeter Hospital-led initiative continues to combat teen suicide

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.

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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.

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