This summer, at-risk youth living at The Chase Home had the opportunity to enjoy many activities that gave them the chance to have fun, socialize, explore the natural world, and build self-confidence. Some of the activities included trips to the Saco River, Stonehouse Pond, Pierce Island Pool, Six Flags, Franklin Park Zoo, New England Aquarium, York and Ogunquit Beaches, Pawtuckaway State Park, Adventurelore, and more.
“These activities are part of our Summer Program, which is designed to complement our clinical, vocational and therapeutic services,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler.
The program, part of Life Enhancement services at The Chase Home, took on increased importance in 2021.“Covid has really impacted our kids, so we tried to create every opportunity we could to get the kids outside and in nature where it was much easier to practice social distancing,” explained Wheeler. “Last year, the kids felt caged in, whereas this year we could provide a little more freedom, which helps the therapeutic process.”
Activities within the Summer Program are funded in part by the Hesed Foundation. “We appreciate their support, as their contributions helped us create a terrific summer for our kids,” added Wheeler.
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves at-risk youth through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at The Chase Home.