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NH Kinship Care Direct-Aid Nonprofit Gets a Pre-Holiday Boost from Oleonda Jameson Trust

Statewide - The Portsmouth-based kinship care nonprofit, Step Up Parents, heads into the holiday season with deeper pockets to assist kinship care families through the difficult winter months ahead thanks to a generous $5,000 grant from the Oleonda Jameson Trust.

“The Oleonda Jameson Trust supports programs that provide assistance to impoverished families and individuals,” said trustee, Mary Susan Leahy. “We are pleased to support Step Up Parents in helping to alleviate the financial burden its low-income clients face in raising their loved ones’ children unexpectedly.”

As a direct-assistance organization, Step Up Parents provides financial and material support to kinship caregivers raising children whose parents struggle with substance use disorder. With this grant, many more families will receive support for their individual needs, like daycare costs, clothing, baby supplies, or utility bills.

This support is more important than ever as global supply chain issues caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to wreak havoc on the cost of such life basics as food, clothing, and energy. 

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on so many kinship families throughout New Hampshire,” said Step Up Parents founder, Denyse Richter. “We are grateful to be selected for this grant, which we will used to provide direct support to so many kinship care families. It’s very timely, as well, as we see an uptick in applications for basic needs this time of year.” 

If you or someone you know is a relative caregiver raising children of a loved one struggling with substance misuse, please visit,  call 603-319-4739, or email

About Step Up Parents
Founded in 2019 and based in Portsmouth, NH, 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. 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.

Posted on: December 1, 2021
Topics: Funding Awards

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