PORTSMOUTH —The holidays are in full swing, which has staff at The Chase Home offering thanks to the community, which earlier this month helped raise more than $80,000 to support at-risk youth.
“It is pretty humbling to see how committed people are to giving back,” said The Chase Home Meme Wheeler. “Our annual fundraising event exceeded all our expectations.”
Presented by title sponsor, The Atlantic Grill, the 6th Wine & Chocolate Tasting featured chocolate donated by Enna Chocolate in Epping and La Cascade Du Chocolat in Exeter. In addition to The Atlantic Grill, major sponsors include dExeter Hospital, Kennebunk Savings, and Sean and Kirsten Mahoney.
“In total, we had nearly two-dozen sponsors and more than 200 attendees,” said Event Organizer Jenna Thomson, who serves on The Chase Home Board and also sponsored the event. “We are truly thankful for the support we are receiving for our kids.”
Founded in 1877, Chase Home in Portsmouth is one of the oldest nonprofits in New Hampshire, serving 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.
Last year, Chase Home netted approximately $46,000 from the same event.
“The growth we have seen in this event is as remarkable as it is needed,” said Wheeler, who said reimbursement from the state only covers approximately 60% of what it costs to provide some services.
“While we offer services in the community, for youth ordered to live at The Chase Home we provide a private room, food and 24/7 support that addresses their needs across all areas of their lives,” she added. “These kinds of services are costly to provide and rely, in part, on community support.”
According to Thomson, the opportunity for The Chase Home now is to build “a strong community” around their service offerings.
“People are starting to understand that we have been a quiet part of the community for years,” she said. “We cannot afford to be quiet any longer, so this event is exciting because it shows people are listening and want to get involved.”
To learn more about Chase Home, or to inquire about becoming an Ambassador or Board of Director, visit chasehome.org.