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  • Rotary Club of Portsmouth supports Step Up Parents with $1,500 donation

    PORTSMOUTH—Nonprofit organization, Step Up Parents of Portsmouth, has received a $1,500 grant from the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, the local branch of humanitarian service organization Rotary International, for the second consecutive year. 
    Step Up Parents will use the grant to continue to support kinship caregivers in New Hampshire who are raising the children of parents with substance use disorder. Since its founding in 2019, Step Up Parents has helped 115 kinship families and given over $46,000 in assistance. Portsmouth Rotary Club’s grant will help them to continue providing much-needed support. 
    “Step Up Parents is one of those organizations where Rotary can put its money, knowing good help will go to parents who have had to step up and take care of their grandchildren when their own children have been stricken by the opioid scourge,” said Jonathan Flagg, Rotary Club of Portsmouth president.
    With more than 12,000 grandparents and other relatives raising children in New Hampshire, the need for resources is great. “The support of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth for two years in a row is humbling and incredibly important to our work,” says Denyse Richter, Step Up Parents Founder. “With so many worthwhile causes here in the Portsmouth area, their confidence in our organization and the work we do is very much appreciated.”
    If you, or someone you know, is a relative caregiver raising children of a loved one struggling with substance abuse, please visit www.stepupparents.net, call 603 319-4739, or email info@stepupparents.net.
    Donations may be made at www.stepupparents.net/donate or mailed to PO Box 1603,
    Portsmouth, NH, 03801.
    About Step Up Parents:
    Founded in 2019 and based in Portsmouth, Step Up Parents offers financial assistance and support to relative caregivers in New Hampshire who have selflessly stepped up to be surrogate parents to kids whose biological parents are struggling with substance use disorder. We respond to each family’s individual needs, whether it is aid with the cost of daycare, clothing, baby supplies, music lessons, legal fees, or maybe a special camp for a struggling child. Step Up Parents believes that even heroes need a hand.