For The Chase Home, COVID-19 reinforces the importance of community support, which Executive Director Meme Wheeler said is proving instrumental in helping the nonprofit agency navigate “this unexpected crisis.”
“As a nonprofit, we essentially always prepare for the worst, but the coronavirus is impacting our operations and the families we serve in ways we simply could not have planned for at all,” she said.
If there is a silver lining, she said, it is the consistent support the agency has continued to receive from the community.
“Constant financial and in-kind support ease the uncertainty a bit and allows us to think more strategically on a day-to-day basis,” she said.
Recently, Northeast Delta Dental invested $2,500 to support The Chase Home’s food program, which provides food to youth living at Chase Home. In light of COVID-19, though, Wheeler said the program has expanded to help families in the community.
“For families who receive our services in their homes, many of them have lost one or both incomes,” she said. “Therapy and support will not be effective if their basic need to eat is not met.”
Northeast Delta Dental’s Lisa Rousseau said they are committed “to doing all they can to support communities” across the region.
“This is a challenging time for us all, so we are thrilled that our support can help kids and families eat healthy and stay nourished,” she said. “We believe in The Chase Home in their mission, especially right now.”
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.
“From all of us at Chase Home, I cannot thank Northeast Delta Dental and the so many others who keep stepping up to support our families,” said Wheeler, who noted a recent Food Campaign has secured an additional $2,500. “Words simply cannot express our gratitude.”
To learn more about The Chase Home, visit chasehome.org.