“Small but mighty” is most likely how many staff at The Chase Home might characterize their role in the greater Seacoast community, which makes an award of the same name that much more gratifying. For the month of June, The Chase Home has been named “Small but Mighty Business of the Month” by The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, which is presented by Federal Savings Bank.
Upon hearing of the award, The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said she did not even realize the nonprofit agency had been nominated.
“It is awesome,” she said. “Recognition for our work is always welcomed. I think a lot of people in the community still do not realize all that we do for kids on the Seacoast.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home is one of the oldest nonprofits in the Granite State, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth actually live at The Chase Home while receiving services.
“These are youth who may have been abused, neglected, or they may be acting out and getting into a lot of trouble with the law,” added Wheeler. “We approach them with a therapeutic framework designed to uncover the root causes of their problems.”
The Chase Home is also working to combat teen suicide in the state as part of a multi-year initiative funded by Exeter Hospital.
“This award from the chamber helps usher in a new focus for The Chase Home that is going to put us out there more in the community,” said Mike LaLime, who serves on the board of directors at The Chase Home. “We are very grateful for this award, because it raises awareness about what we do and why it is so important.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home works with youth and families in crisis from Portsmouth and throughout the state. To learn more about The Chase Home, or its programs, visit www.chasehome.org.