Major construction project completed at Chase Home

Over the winter and early spring, major construction work has taken place at The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth—a project that is now completed. Funded through a $50,000 grant award from the City of Portsmouth/U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, the project affected several significant infrastructural repairs and life safety upgrades at Chase Home.

According to Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, these improvements included new stairway handrails, fire alarm panel, sealing of several structural elements for firestopping purposes, emergency lights and ceiling tiles.

“These things were necessary from a code and safety standpoint,” she said. “It was a serious undertaking. I cannot thank the City of Portsmouth enough for making this happen. We are in a much better position from a structural perspective than we have been in years.”

Mayor of Portsmouth, Jack Blalock said the federal Community Development Block Grant program is an important source of funding in the community.

“It supports programs like Chase Home that provide housing and social services to families and youth who earn low to moderate incomes,” he said. “Over the last thirty years, this block grant in Portsmouth has supported and continues to support numerous infrastructure, facility improvement, housing rehabilitation and social service programs in our City that directly benefit persons who are elderly or homeless, children who are abused or neglected and thousands of other eligible recipients.”

In looking ahead at Chase Home’s future, Board Director and owner of Tre Cleaning & Restoration, Mike LaLime said it looks much brighter as a result of this project.

“We are always discussing the building, this home where kids live,” he said. “The City of Portsmouth has definitely impacted our operations in a terrific and positive way…We are all very thankful.”

Wheeler added, “We also want to thank Peter and North South Construction. They did an incredible job and went above and beyond what we could have expected.”

Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the greater Seacoast community related to children and youth.

To view photos of the project, find Chase Home on Facebook or Instagram, or visit www.chasehome.org.

To receive updates about Chase Home, text CHASEHOME to 41411, or visit www.chasehome.org.

Major construction project completed at Chase Home

Chase Home receives $2,500 from Portsmouth Elks Lodge #97

Serving youth, ages 11 and older, Chase Home was recently awarded $2,500 from Portsmouth Elks Lodge #97 to support its Independent Living Program (ILP) for older teens. Within the program, youth (ages 18 to 21) live as adults and receive comprehensive therapeutic and clinical supports.

(l to r) Sharon Curcio, Chase Home’s Meme Wheeler, Annemarie King, and Michael Clifford

According to Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, the primary objective of the program is to help youth successfully make the transition to adulthood. “We provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed as adults,” she said. “We help position them for long-term success.”

For Sharon Curcio of Portsmouth Elks Lodge #97, the opportunity to invest in Chase Home aligned with their interest in supporting vulnerable populations. Noting she took a tour of the home with Wheeler, she said she was immediately drawn to their mission.

“The idea that these youth would have nowhere else to go after their time here did not sit well with any of us,” she said. “We applied for a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation and received it—we were very excited.”

Monies from the grant were used to refinish a bathtub as well as paint and furniture for one apartment. More than a dozen members of Portsmouth Elks Lodge #97 donated their time to do much of the work themselves.

“We were happy to get involved in this way—this is what the Elks are all about,” said Curcio.

Begun in 2016, ILP is made possible through several additional funding sources, including Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation, which invested $5,000 to help launch the program.

“This is a program that prevents homelessness for youth who have nowhere else to go,” added Wheeler. “It bridges a gap for these youth. While they move through the program in just a few months, it gives them time to get additional support and make connections to outside supports…We help them navigate that world.”

According to Wheeler, Portsmouth Elks Lodge #97 and Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation have helped prevent homelessness for “one of the most underserved populations in the state.”

“This latest gift has literally given one youth a home for several months while we help him build up his options,” she said. “We are so very grateful.”

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. Major sponsors of Chase Home in 2017 include The Gove Group Real Estate in Stratham. To learn more about Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.

Chase Home receives $2,500 from Portsmouth Elks Lodge #97

Robert’s Maine Grill to support Chase Home in Portsmouth

Located in Kittery, Maine, Robert’s Maine Grill will host a “Community Supper” on Tuesdays, March 21 and 18, to help support The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth. Originally founded as an orphanage in 1877, Chase Home is a non-profit organization that serves at risk youth, ages 11-18, and their families through residential, home-based family, and prevention programs.

Serving 36% of youth requiring intermediate placement in New Hampshire—all of whom are involved in the legal system—Chase Home is one of four intermediate level group homes in the state. “Robert’s Maine Grill supports the community in so many ways—we are very grateful for this continued longstanding partnership,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of Chase Home.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, Robert’s Maine Grill offers a Community Supper that begins at 4pm. The dinner is $16 and includes a three course menu with 5% of the proceeds donated to a local charity or nonprofit. Supper menus are posted at http://www.robertsmainegrill.com.

The Chase Home Community Supper will take place beginning at 4 pm on Tuesdays, March 21 and March 28. For more information about Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org. For information about the Community Supper, visit www.robertsmainegrill.com.

Robert’s Maine Grill to support Chase Home in Portsmouth

Piscataqua Savings Bank renews partnership with Chase Home

Piscataqua Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank, has renewed its longstanding partnership with a $1,000 investment to support The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth.

The investment will support Chase Home’s Seacoast Community Diversion Program (SCDP), which is set to launch in April. Formed in collaboration with the Portsmouth Police Department, New Heights, Portsmouth Middle and High School, Rockingham Juvenile Court, and Office of Juvenile Justice, SCDP will provide alternatives for youth about to enter the juvenile justice system.

“It’s an opportunity to divert youth from the courts by offering them a chance to rehabilitate themselves in a program that address the root causes of their behaviors,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “We are so grateful that Piscataqua Saving Bank sees the value in the program.”

For Wheeler, the support from Piscataqua Savings Bank is also symbolic, as both organizations are celebrating their 140th year in operation in Portsmouth.

“We have been here together a very long time—it seems fitting that we work together to address critical community needs,” she added.

According to the NH 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 57,326 students, teens across the state are engaging in risky behavior:

• 10.8% drank alcohol before age 13,
• 29.9% currently drink alcohol,
• 22.2% currently use marijuana,
• 6.8% currently use prescriptions without a doctor’s Rx, and
• 15.3% considered attempting suicide.

“These are not just data points,” said Wheeler. “These are real kids and they need support.”

Serving 36% of youth requiring intermediate placement, Chase Home is one of four intermediate level group homes in New Hampshire. In addition to residential and community based services, Chase Home has begun to develop prevention programs for youth and their families.

To learn more about Chase Home, or to support SCDP, visit www.chasehome.org.

Piscataqua Savings Bank renews partnership with Chase Home

Chase Home Receives $5,000 Grant

Recently, Chase Home was awarded a $5,000 KidCents grant from The Rite Aid Foundation. Chase Home is now also eligible for the Foundation’s Step Up Fund, which provides a matching donation of $500 for every $500 a charity receives through designated KidCents contributions up to a maximum of $5,000.

12540729_1657334241174705_8618515086222224335_nIn addition, Chase Home can apply for members-only competitive grant opportunities. Chase Home is also one of the approved KidCents charities that can receive financial contributions through Rite Aid wellness+ with Plenti members who elect to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change.

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, for over three years, our KidCents program has been able to provide critical funding for a variety of programs ranging from equine and aquatic therapy services to after school enrichment to counseling and crisis services for at risk youth,” said President of The Rite Aid Foundation Ken Martindale, who also serves as Rite Aid CEO of stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation.

Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said she is thrilled at the grant award and said she looks forward to leveraging the numerous opportunities the grant provides to raise additional revenues.

“This grant is huge, because it provides us with cash and the opportunity to get our name and mission out there,” she said. “I think this is an incredible opportunity.”

Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the greater Seacoast community related to children and youth. Major sponsors of Chase Home in 2017 include The Gove Group Real Estate in Stratham.

To receive updates from Chase Home, text CHASEHOME to 41411, or visit www.chasehome.org.

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Chase Home Receives $5,000 Grant

CDBG Grant Helping to Transform Chase Home

In June of 2016, Chase Home in Portsmouth was awarded a major grant award of $50,000 from the City of Portsmouth/U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community DevelopThe Chase Home (76 of 92)ment Block Grant Program. The project—which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks—will transform Chase Home, according to Executive Director Meme Wheeler.
“We have had hand rails replaced, a fire alarm panel replaced, new emergency lights installed, and several structural elements at Chase Home sealed for firestopping purposes—it’s been a major undertaking,” she said.
Noting ceiling tiles have also been replaced, she said the grant award has enabled Chase Home to move toward full compliance with city codes.
“This is an old structure, and these were not things we could afford to do in our budget,” added Wheeler, who said she appreciates the patience displayed by the City of Portsmouth throughout the project.
“We had some unforeseen delays due to the complexity of the work that was taking place,” she said. “We are so grateful for this grant and the impact it will have on our organization and the kids who live here.”
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Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the greater Seacoast community related to children and youth.
Upon project completion, Wheeler said Chase Home will post photos from the project on its website and social media networks.
“We want people to see just how much has been done—it’s incredible,” she said.
To receive updates from Chase Home, text CHASEHOME to 41411, or visit www.chasehome.org.
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CDBG Grant Helping to Transform Chase Home

Event raises $500 to support Chase Home

Recently, singer-songwriters Sam Robbins and Abrielle Scharff performed at Portsmouth Book and Bar and raised $500 to support the youth served by The Chase Home for Children.

Abrielle
Abrielle performing

Currently a junior studying studio composition (songwriting) in the conservatory of music at SUNY Purchase, Scharff, who grew up in the Portsmouth area, performs at school and other venues in New York.

“I am so grateful for the amazing turn out—not only because it made for fun on the night of a little snow storm, but because we got a great crowd of gracious people who were willing and wanting to donate to this cause,” said Scharff.

Offering a home for some youth and working with others in their own homes, Chase Home provides evidence-based treatment and support to families in crisis.

Sam performing
Sam performing

Executive Director Meme Wheeler said she is thankful for the support. She also expressed enthusiasm at how the event attracted a substantial number of younger people.

“It is great to see the next generation getting involved and making a difference,” she said. “Abrielle and Sam stepped up and make a big difference for Chase Home.”

Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the greater Seacoast community related to children and youth. Major sponsors of Chase Home in 2017 include The Gove Group Real Estate in Stratham.

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

Event raises $500 to support Chase Home