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  • The Portsmouth Rotary Club Gives Step Up Parents $3,000 for Kinship Caregiver Support

    PORTSMOUTH—Seacoast-based nonprofit Step Up Parents was thrilled to receive a $3,000 grant from the Portsmouth Rotary Club Basic Needs Committee. This grant will directly impact Portsmouth-area kinship caregivers who have stepped up for children of parents with substance use disorder and are in need of financial support.
    “In our mission to help our community, Rotary of Portsmouth chose Step Up Parents for their commitment to financially assisting relatives caring for opioid orphans,” said Patricia Novello, Basic Needs Committee Chair.
    As demand for assistance rises across the state, kinship families have been hit particularly hard by the rising cost of living. 
    “This grant from the Portsmouth Rotary is so greatly appreciated and comes at a critical time of need," says Denyse Richter, Step Up Parents' Executive Director. "The Rotary’s commitment to responding to the community's needs and continued support of our mission helps us touch families in need."
    About Step Up Parents
    Founded in 2019 and based in Portsmouth, NH, Step Up Parents offers financial assistance to relative caregivers in New Hampshire who have selflessly stepped up to be surrogate parents to children whose parents struggle with substance use disorder.  We have helped over 300 families and given in excess of $140,000 in financial assistance.  We are dedicated to honoring the efforts of these caregivers, preserving their dignity, and responding to their families’ immediate needs. Step Up Parents believes that even heroes need a hand.