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  • Step Up Parents expands reach with $5,000 grant from the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation

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    PORTSMOUTH—Seacoast-area nonprofit Step Up Parents can now expand its reach into New Hampshire’s Upper Valley with a $5,000 grant from the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.

    Step Up Parents provides financial support to kinship caregivers raising the children of parents with substance use disorder. With this grant, many more families will receive support for their individual needs, like aid with daycare costs, clothing, baby supplies, or music lessons. In many cases, this support is more important than ever in the wake of this extremely challenging year.

    “Though rewarding, unexpectedly caring for a child can sometimes pose a financial strain on grandparents and other family members who step up when a parent is no longer able to do so because of a substance use disorder,” said Lisa LaBombard, leader of the HOPE Foundation’s Substance Use Disorder Taskforce. “We are pleased to support Step Up Parents as it works to help grandparents and other relatives bridge that financial gap.”

    Since its founding in 2019, Step Up Parents has helped more than 150 kinship families giving more than $60,000 in assistance with the help of generous grants like the HOPE Foundation’s.

    “We are thrilled to be able to expand our support into the Upper Valley thanks to the HOPE Foundation,” said Step Up Parents founder, Denyse Richter. “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on so many kinship families throughout New Hampshire, and many new caregivers have stepped up to help children during this time. We are very grateful to be able to offer support to these deserving families.”

    If you or someone you know is a relative caregiver raising children of a loved one struggling with substance misuse, visit www.stepupparents.net, call 603-319-4739, or email info@stepupparents.net.

    To make a donation to Step Up Parents, visit www.stepupparents.net/donate or mail to PO Box 1603, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Step Up Parents is 100% volunteer.

    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 struggle with substance use disorder. The organization is 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.