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

Tuscan Market donates $1,100 to The Chase Home

IMG_1520Recently Tuscan Market donated $1,100 to benefit The Chase Home’s Summer Program, which provides activities and experiential learning activities to at-risk youth.

“It’s a program that provides youth who live here with opportunities they have most likely never experienced with their families,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. “We are so grateful for the support of Tuscan Market.

Recently, Tuscan Market also hosted  a lunch for these same youth, an opportunity staff at the Wheeler said meant  “a great deal to them.”

“These are kids that have experienced very difficult circumstances in their lives,” she said. “When they have a chance to experience something they never would have otherwise, it is something they remember…It’s also something that can help our staff reach these kids, help them understand the community cares about them.”

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.

Wheeler said Tuscan Market’s donation is particularly impactful given possible funding shortages related to the program this summer.

“There is a chance we may receive much less from the state than we anticipated to fund the activities,” said Wheeler. “This is a potentially serious problem for us and our kids this summer, which is why we cannot thank Tuscan Market enough for stepping in to help.”

Tuscan Market donates $1,100 to The Chase Home

Grand Opening of Tuscan Market to benefit The Chase Home

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On Monday, July 1, Tuscan Market will open in downtown Portsmouth with 10% of the day’s proceeds to benefit The Chase Home.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home serves 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.

Tuscan Market will also host a special lunch for youth who live at The Chase Home, an opportunity that staff at the nonprofit agency said will have “a big impact on the kids.”

“Anytime we can provide the kids with a community-based experience, it makes them feel good and better about themselves,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director at The Chase Home. “We are so thankful for this opportunity.”

This opportunity for The Chase Home builds off an existing relationship with Tuscan Brands. In addition to hosting fundraising events for The Chase Home, Tuscan Kitchen in Portsmouth has made numerous in-kind donations as well as prepared meals on-site for youth residents.

Joe Faro is founder and CEO of Tuscan Brands.

“We are thankful for Joe’s support of not just The Chase Home, but other nonprofits in the area,” added Wheeler.

Tuscan Market in downtown Portsmouth will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Grand Opening of Tuscan Market to benefit The Chase Home

The Chase Home Receives $1,000 from Sprague Energy

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Working with at-risk youth and their families in Portsmouth and throughout the state, The Chase Home recently received $1,000 from Sprague Energy to support its Seacoast Community Diversion Program (SCDP).

Serving nearly 50 youth, 11 to 17, and their families in the past fiscal year, SCDP works with youth and families struggling with complex issues, some of which include opioid addiction, homelessness and mental health issues.

“The program is unique because it is designed to divert youth from the path they are on before research shows it may be too late for them,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. “We are so grateful for the support of Sprague Energy in supporting SCDP.”

In the program, youth are required to sign a contract and meet regularly with a volunteer committee that reviews progress toward various clinical and therapeutic goals.

“These committees are composed of police chiefs, business persons, lawyers, school personnel and others from the community committed to making a difference,” added Wheeler. “The program is incredible because it involves police departments, probation officers, judges, city prosecutors and defenders, schools, mental heath agencies and so many others.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home serves 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.

The Chase Home Receives $1,000 from Sprague Energy

Local companies provide more than $6,000 of in-kind services to support The Chase Home

Behind the scenes of any nonprofit are businesses who support them, a reality recently demonstrated at The Chase Home, which welcomed four local organizations for several projects of varying sizes.

In total, The Chase Home received more than $6,000 of in-kind support over the course of 4 days from Liberty Mutual, GreenPages, Portwalk Place and fellow nonprofit Gather.

In the garden project, Liberty Mutual and Gather cleaned out and prepared vegetable garden beds for planting, while additionally building out 4 new garden beds.

In support of Chase Home’s Independent Living Program, which provides apartment-style living to older youth residents, Liberty Mutual helped build a fourth bedroom and remodeled a living room to include a kitchenette.

In collaboration with Portwalk Place, Liberty Mutual also helped remove fallen branches from the property, clean garage bays, paint 18 bedrooms and several other areas, and made several “dump runs.”

In the final project, GreenPages painted several areas and executed their annual extensive clean-up of the property and trails, which sit on 26 acres near downtown Portsmouth.

For Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler, the projects, which took place over 4 days in May, mean “so much.”

“We get the chance to work alongside these people and get to know them,” she said. “I cannot stress enough what an impact this has had on our building and grounds.”

Wheeler estimated the amount of labor hours invested by all four organizations totals nearly 190 hours.

“From the staff and the Board, we thank of all you so much,” she said. “You have made a huge difference here.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home serves 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.

Local companies provide more than $6,000 of in-kind services to support The Chase Home