The Groomsmith supports youth at The Chase Home

Since opening its doors two years ago, The Groomsmith has held several fundraisers for The Chase Home, a tradition of giving that continues this holiday season with a GoFundMe fundraiser to purchase student desks.

“The Chase Home is in need of individual desks to support our kids with remote learning,” explained Meme Wheeler, executive director. “Having desks for the kids would make it much easier for their learning environment and for us to continue to socially distance at all times.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves 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.

For Reed Maerder, answering the call for help at The Chase Home reflects a belief in the importance of social work instilled by his father.

Reed Maerder (left) and brother Zach Maerder (right) of The Groomsmith

“Growing up, our father worked in social services and still does to this day,” he said. “My brother Zach and I learned at a young age that helping others in need creates the backbone of a community. We believe that doing any act of kindness, no matter how small, is a vital part in our role in the Portsmouth community.”

In total, The Chase Home is in need of 12 desks.

“We are so grateful for Reed and his brother Zach at The Groomsmith for continuing to step up and support us, especially during this challenging year,” added Wheeler.

Acknowledging 2020 has been a difficult year, which close The Groomsmith from March to May during the stay-at home mandate, Maerder said they are focused on ensuring their clientele feels safe and comfortable. 

“Despite the hardships, we are looking forward to a prosperous future for The Groomsmith and our team members,” he added.

In addition to the online fundraiser, The Groomsmith is hosting a Holiday Raffle with 100% of the proceeds donated to The Chase Home. The raffle features one gift basket from The Groomsmith, which features a top of the line professional grade beard trimmer, and another from Jardiniere Flower. Each gift basket is valued at approximately $300.

To learn more about the GoFundMe fundraiser, visit click here.

The Groomsmith supports youth 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