Fundraiser Puts Spotlight on Critical Need in Portsmouth Community

Justin Rivlin, Chase Home Board MemberFounded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth provides stability and support for at-risk youth and their families, a mission that will take center stage on November 13 at its 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

Presented by The Atlantic Grill, the event serves to not only raise funds for services for youth and families with nowhere else to turn, it sheds light on “a harsh reality.”

“There are kids right here in Portsmouth that are really struggling and need a lot of support,” said Justin Rivlin, board member at The Chase Home and general manager at River House.

“The more I learned about The Chase Home, the more I wanted to get involved,” he added.

Serving nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs, The Chase Home recently attracted Sean and Kirsten Mahoney to its mission.

“The Chase Home has been providing support for kids in need for 142 years and the demand for their services has never been greater,” said Sean. “Whether it’s helping with food security or providing a residential safe harbor for kids and families dealing with tough life’s tough circumstances, Chase Home is there.”

Electing to sponsor The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Sean said he and his wife are honored to support “the incredibly worthy work” performed by its staff.

“Their programs help kids from disadvantaged beginnings get a better shot at becoming productive members of our community,” he added.

Expressing appreciation at Mahoney’s support, Rivlin said he is grateful for “all those stepping up to support Chase Home.”

“By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of kids today and in their future as adults,” he said. “I’m so thankful for the support we receive from the community.”

In addition to Sean and Kirsten Mahoney, major sponsors of the 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting include presenting sponsor The Atlantic Grill with additional support by Kennebunk Savings, Enna Chocolate and La Cascade Du Chocolat.

Taking place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm, The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

Tickets may be securely purchased online at chasehome.org.

Fundraiser Puts Spotlight on Critical Need in Portsmouth Community

Passage of SENATE BILL 294 to restore funding for accredited Juvenile Court Diversion programs

Author Note: The Chase Home is one of 16 programs mentioned in this article and effected by this bill. 

Sponsored by Senator Bob Giuda, SB294 was recently passed, a move that will restore funding to accredited Juvenile Court Diversion programs throughout New Hampshire.

Providing evidence-based support and comprehensive services to first-time juvenile offenders rather than placing them in the traditional Juvenile Justice System, these programs lost State Incentive Funds in 2011.

“The dramatically higher success rate and greatly reduced cost of juvenile diversion provides a win-win-win for our young people, our families and our communities,” stated Senator Giuda. “While providing careful oversight and accountability, diversion allows us to bring needed resources to bear so we’re not only addressing the results of juvenile offenses, we’re addressing the causes, on a case-by-case basis.”

Senator Giuda expressed appreciation toward Rep. Ned Gordon for “providing valuable insights from his years on the bench” and Deb Naro of Communities for Alcohol-and Drug-free Youth (CADY-Plymouth) in “bringing forward the absence of funding for juvenile diversion.”

“We continue to work together to improve our justice system as new knowledge comes to light regarding mental health, substance abuse, and other issues confronting our state,” he added.

Bill co-sponsor, Rep. Gordon said, “I am so pleased that we were able to include funding for diversion programs in the new budget. This will improve juvenile justice in this state. Kids can be given the opportunity to address behavioral issues without going to Court and being branded as delinquents.”

CADY Executive Director Deb Naro said she is “very grateful” for the support of both Senator Giuda and Rep. Ned Gordon for their advocacy and leadership on the legislation.”

“Last fall, I met with Senator Giuda and the Juvenile Diversion Network, and we worked together on this important piece of legislation to solve a long-standing problem with a statewide solution,” she noted.

In addition to Sen. Giuda, Dist 2 and Rep. Gordon, Graf. 9, other bill co-sponsors include Rep. Suzanne Smith, Graf. 8;  Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; and Rep. Ken Weyler, Rock. 13
CADY’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Program is one of 16 accredited juvenile court diversion programs in NH, which serve up to 700 youth per year arrested for first-time offenses. These accredited programs are members of the NH Juvenile Court Diversion Network.

According to a recent study of 444 youth who went through a diversion program in New Hampshire, 79.3% were arrest-free one year later with 58.7% arrest-free after three years. Both percentages are substantially better than traditional juvenile justice measures, which are 20.7% and 41.3%, respectively.

To learn more about Juvenile Court Diversion in NH, visit nhcourtdiversion.org.

Passage of SENATE BILL 294 to restore funding for accredited Juvenile Court Diversion programs

For the love of chocolate and The Chase Home

At any fundraiser, there are numerous moving parts behind the scenes, which in the case of The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting involves two well-known chocolatiers.

For the second year running, Enna Chocolate and La Cascade Du Chocolat, owned by Enna Grazier and Samantha Brown, respectively, will be responsible for the chocolate at the event, which raises funds for at-risk youth.Sam_La Cascade Du Chocolat

“It’s wonderful to be able to create such an amazing experience for guests while raising money for critically needed services,” said Jennifer Desrosiers, board member of The Chase Home.

Approaching both businesses last year on behalf of The Chase Home, Desrosiers said Grazier and Brown were eager to help the nonprofit agency.

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.

“They dived right into the project and brought some incredible chocolate, which elevated our event,” said Desrosiers, who is also owner of LANEY & LU and founder of WILD ADVENTEROUS LIFE.

For Brown, supporting The Chase Home was an easy decision.

“Because The Chase Home does wonders for local, at-risk children–our most vulnerable–we didn’t hesitate to be involved,” she said.

Grazier said her involvement stems from a deep concern regarding the area’s at-risk youth.

“I appreciate what Chase Home does to help young people develop a strong foundation for their lives,” she said. “It is an honor to contribute what I can to help make this a successful fundraising event.”

Enna ChocolatePresented by The Atlantic Grill, The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting takes place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm and is expected to attract nearly 200 attendees.

“It’s a wonderful, heartwarming event with a deep purpose,” added Desrosiers. “It is also an event with some incredible chocolate.”

According to Grazier, she plans two different chocolate origins that will “pair really beautifully with wine.”

“I am the only chocolate maker in the world who is using cacao grown by the farmer Herbert Pasqual in Trinidad,” she said. “He only produces a small amount and I buy it all.”

Describing his cacao as complex, she said the chocolate she makes with it contains many layered notes of molasses, buttermilk, and wine.

“It is really special and will pair beautifully with bolder complex red wines,” added Grazier, who said she may additionally create a special batch just for the event.

Brown said she also plans to “wow” guests, as she will bring several dark chocolates from different origins around the world.

“I may bring one or two surprising chocolates for pairing as well, too,” she said.

For Brown, pouring herself into fundraiser reflects a synergy she sees between herself and The Chase Home.

“We put our heart and soul into everything, whether it’s creating a well-loved chocolate bar or inventing a new flavor of bonbon,” she said. “The Chase Home does the same for its children, and what better cause could you ask to support in your local community?”

For Desrosiers, such passion underscores what she thinks makes the annual fundraiser for The Chase Home special.

“This event is about community coming together for a shared purpose with deep meaning,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening or give back.”

Taking place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm, The Chase Home’s 6thAnnual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

For the love of chocolate and The Chase Home

Community Supports Summer Program at The Chase Home

In late July, an anticipated funding shortage jeopardized the summer program at The Chase Home, which staff say did not “miss a beat” thanks to community support.

“We had community members make financial contributions and local businesses stepped up, too, including Tuscan Market,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director at The Chase Home.

“The program’s main funder was also able to contribute as well when we did not thank that would be the case at all,” she added.

Designed for youth who live at The Chase Home, Wheeler said the summer program is important for several reasons.

“These kids need to have fun, experience the world, build bonds with each other and the community around them,” she said. “This program does that for them.”

Renee and MemeThis year’s summer program also received unexpected contributions from local businesses that provided in-kind support. One such business was Monkey Mind Escape Rooms, which provided an experience at no charge for The Chase Home youth.

“The girls experienced our Stolen Diamond room and the boys were in our Cursed Tomb room,” said Owner Renee Capicchioni Vannata, who playfully described herself as “Chief Executive Monkey. “We hope to host them again.”

For Wheeler, such support “goes a long way” toward helping their youth “feel connected.”

“For all those who supported our summer program, I hope you can accept our deepest thanks,” she said. “Our kids had a great summer, and the larger Seacoast community is a big reason why.”

Community Supports Summer Program at The Chase Home

The Groomsmith to celebrate 1-year anniversary, support The Chase Home

 

MacDonald, Maerder, and Shaffer-Rais_ The GroomsmithLocated at 28 Deer St. in Portsmouth, The Groomsmith will host a 1-year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am to 4 pm with proceeds from all haircuts to benefit The Chase Home.

The Groomsmith is owned by Reed Maerder, who along with brother and manager Zach will additionally provide cuts to male youth who live at The Chase Home. The event is hosted in partnership with J. Hilburn stylists, Graham Shaffer-Rais and Bill MacDonald.

“It’s been a great first year, and we want to pay it forward by supporting The Chase Home,” said Reed, who said their grand opening last year also benefited the nonprofit agency.

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.

At the event, which will feature be a variety of raffle giveaways with proceeds to also support The Chase Home, complimentary food and refreshments will be available for guests.

Event proceeds will support The Chase Home’s Residential Program, which provides a home for youth who live there and receive24/7 support and clinical/therapeutic services. Examples of items provided toand foryouth in the program include everything from bedding and food to clothes.

“An event like this helps pay for these and critical everyday items,” said The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “We are so appreciative for Reed, Graham and Bill.”

The Groomsmith’s 1-year Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 5 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 6th Wine & Chocolate Tasting, visit chasehome.org.

 

The Groomsmith to celebrate 1-year anniversary, support The Chase Home

The Atlantic Grill to present The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Mike Labrie (l), Peter Labrie, Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler and Chase Home Board Member Justin Rivlin (r)

On Wednesday, November 13, a full house is expected at The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, presented by The Atlantic Grill in Rye.

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.

Noting this is the second year the event will take place at The Atlantic Grill, The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said the restaurant has “stepped up” this year.

“The owners have long been supporters of our work with at-risk kids, so this year is a big step for us in further developing our partnership,” she said.

The Atlantic Grill is owned by brothers Michael and Peter Labrie, both of whom indicated they believe in giving back to the community.

“The Seacoast community has been such an amazing place to grow up and raise our families in,” said Peter. “Now that we are part of the business community, Mike and I are honored to be able to give back through such amazing charities like The Chase Home.”

Last year, the annual fundraiser netted more than $47,000, an amount Wheeler said was used to support their operation in many ways.

“From food and toiletries for the kids who live here to drug counseling and vocational skills training for youth in the community, this event is a critical fundraising tool for us,” she said.

Taking place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm, The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

“It’s a chance to learn more about our work and get involved,” said Wheeler. “The Atlantic Grill has a beautiful space, too, so it will be a fantastic night.”

The Chase Home Board Member Justin Rivlin, general manager of River House, which is also owned by the Labrie brothers, agreed and said the need for the annual event underscores a stark reality.

“The Chase Home is mandated to help kids in crisis, but underfunded by the state,” he said. “This event is really important for the agency and, especially, our kids.”

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

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

The Atlantic Grill to present The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting

The Chase Home’s Summer Program in Jeopardy

14066469_1742555312652597_7402010286160885767_oEvery summer, The Chase Home provides youth that live there with experiential learning opportunities that enhance the work performed by clinical staff. An unexpected funding shortage, however, jeopardizes the program.

“We expect to receive a little less than half of what we expected from a very consistent funding source to offset the cost of the summer program,” explained Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. “The shortfall is about $7,000.”

Activities that take place during the summer includes camping, gardening, fishing, day trip to parks and recreation areas, education seminars and more.

“Our summer program empower our kids and helps build their confidence,” she added. “It is part of the therapeutic and clinical guidance provided by our staff year-round.”

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.

“We serve kids who have been abused, neglected, or who are starting to get in serious trouble,” said Wheeler, who hopes the community can rally around The Chase Home to “help our kids.”

“Our summer program is so important to them,” she said. “This program makes summer a special time for kids who really need one.”

The Chase Home’s Summer Program in Jeopardy