Since 1877, Chase Home for Children has met the needs of at-risk youth on the Seacoast and throughout New Hampshire, which we hope will attract supporters for a capital campaign to improve its facilities.
“This building is 150 years old—it needs constant upkeep,” says Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who cited the damage to the structure caused this past winter as “catastrophic.” “Ice dams formed, which caused issues we are still dealing with today,” she says.
Insurcomm, an insurance restoration contractor based out of Portsmouth, has managed repairs to the building for more than 6 months. Wheeler credits Insurcomm’s Mike LaLime as instrumental in the repair and construction efforts.
“Mike and their whole team has been amazing,” she added. “They have gone above and beyond to help make the kids who call this home as comfortable as possible.”
Noting another recent event in which “a tripped” sprinkler system caused additional and extensive damage, Board President Chris McCarthy says the $2,500 investment by Insurcomm will launch a Chase Home Capital Campaign.
“This campaign will raise additional funds to maintain the Home and provide targeted programs to Seacoast youth in need of a safe and nurturing living environment,” she explains. “We are so grateful for Insurcomm’s continued support and hard work and Mike’s dual role as a Board member. He always goes the extra mile and steps up in every way possible.”
For LaLime, the recent damages sustained by the Chase Home speak to a larger need. “After getting involved on the Board, it was apparent to Insurcomm that The Chase Home for Children was in need of desperate support,” he notes. “We felt that after these wonderful children have had such a challenging life so far, we could definitely help make it a little better.”
In offering financial support aside from working to complete repairs before the end of the year, LaLime says he hopes other companies can step in and join Insurcomm. “The children need a safe home, while the staff at Chase Home helps rebuild their lives,” he adds. “Insurcomm hopes that the $2,500 donation can help start the fund off in the right direction and prove that local business can become partners with these types of non-profits and make a difference.”
To learn more about Chase Home or make a donation to support Chase Home’s Capital Campaign, visit www.chasehome.org.