Based in Portsmouth and serving youth, ages 11 to 19, statewide, The Chase Home recently received a $5,000 Express Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help meet urgent needs related to COVID-19.
According to Executive Director Meme Wheeler, the award is significant in that it allows the nonprofit agency to “put the money where it is needed the most.”
“It is an unrestricted grant that can help with immediate cash flow concerns,” she said.
One of these concerns relates to an increase in staffing.
“Expenses are more than 25% higher during the COVID-19 crisis,” she explained.
Noting there are no COVID-19 at Chase Home, Wheeler said “extraordinary precautions” have been taken to protect both their kids and staff.
“Some staff are quarantining to ensure their safety and that of our kids,” she said. “We are not taking any chances and are so proud of the dedication of our staff during this incredibly stressful time.”
Expressing gratitude at the grant by the Charitable Foundation, Wheeler said Chase Home has benefited from an outpouring of support from the larger Seacoast community and beyond.
“People and organizations are approaching us and asking how they can help,” she said. “We are very thankful for all who are stepping up to support us. Our kids both here at the home and in the community are truly fortunate to have such wonderful community advocates.”
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.
To learn more about The Chase Home, or offer support, visit chasehome.org.