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.”

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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