The Chase Home has received a $7,500 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund with $5,000 for operating support and $2,500 for staff training.
Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home, expressed gratitude for the award, which she said will be immediately put to use. “The pandemic led to a number of unexpected costs this year, while staff training is always an ongoing priority, so this is just a wonderful award,” she said.
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth provides at-risk youth across the state with prevention, early intervention, residential, and community-based services.
In looking to the near future, Wheeler said staff are now focused on planning for their summer program, which provides youth who live there with a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities. “We look forward to a summer that might feel more ‘normal’ to kids than it has since 2019,” she said. “We are optimistic.”