Serving at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs, The Chase Home has been awarded $10,000 from Granite State Economic Development Corporation (GSDC). Providing financing in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, GSDC is a non-profit lender authorized to process and service Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans.
“GSDC funds will help us meet the day-to-day needs of youth in our residential program,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. The award was made through GSDC’s Economic Development Grant Fund (EDGF), which provides grants to organizations, projects and programs that create and/or retain jobs, improve or otherwise enhance the community. “In this program, kids live here, so we provide support in all areas of their lives, which includes helping them secure and maintain employment,” added Wheeler.
Shane McDonough, board member at The Chase Home, said GSDC’s continued support comes at “a still challenging time.” “The pandemic is still real and still impacting our operation in substantial ways,” he said. “As a board, we are very thankful for the job Meme and her team has done to build such a strong relationship with GSDC. Their investments improve and enhance the lives of those we serve.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves 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 The Chase Home.