Offering programs in the community as well as serving as an actual home for at-risk youth in crisis, The Chase Home recently received a $2,500 grant from Northeast Delta Dental. The grant will support The Chase Home’s Food Program, which is led by Kitchen Manager Andre Owens.
“Andre is wonderful—he makes everything from scratch,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director at The Chase Home. “This grant will help us continue to prepare and serve nourishing meals for our kids. A good meal can brighten a kid’s day.”
According to Lisa Rousseau, community relations specialist at Northeast Delta Dental, The Chase Home’s Food Program directly reflects a mission they pursue daily. “We believe everyone deserves a healthy smile,” she said. “Nutritional meals through The Chase Home’s Food Program provide their young residents with home-cooked meals and lessons on proper nutrition, which leads to good oral health and overall wellness.”
In the summer, The Chase Home also grows a garden, which Wheeler noted serves a deeper purpose than enhancing nutrition. “Kids, families, and staff work together on it, so there is a therapeutic component,” she said.
This year’s garden produced hundreds of vegetables, ranging from cucumbers and summer squash to cabbage, peppers, and more. “A healthy mind starts with a healthy body,” added Wheeler. “We appreciate Northeast Delta Dental and their support of this part of our mission.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth provides at-risk youth across the state with prevention, early intervention, residential, and community-based services.