Folsom is a prosperous city where family, community, service and generosity are strongly held values. But in the midst of this prosperity there is also great need. Families are broken. Parents are caught in the grip of destructive behavior. And children bear the consequence.
When a child lives in turmoil, just getting through the day is a monumental effort — and things like schoolwork, learning, reading, recreation, nutrition and even basic hygiene (things most of us take for granted in our families) become an afterthought.
Without intervention, these negative early experiences shape a child’s identity well into adulthood. "I experienced something bad" becomes "I AM something bad." The cycle repeats itself, and the dysfunction passes from generation to generation.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Research shows—and our own experiences affirm—that caring, consistent, one-on-one attention can have a transformative effect on the lives of struggling children.
And so Folsom’s Hope is doing just that: mentoring, tutoring, supporting, encouraging and nurturing at-risk students—elementary, middle and high school—right here in our own city.
Folsom’s Hope was founded in 2008 by Salwa Kasabian, a mother of three who saw the need firsthand—and felt God’s call to respond—when her children were placed at Theodore Judah Elementary, located in one of the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods. Salwa’s story is profiled here in Style Magazine.
A career environmental planner, Curtis has sought to improve stewardship of our natural world and build communities. Also devoted to service, he leads the Community Outreach Ministry at his church.
Debi is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing at Marshall Family Medicine in Placerville for the past 12 years.
Chad Friedrich has spent over 15 years in law enforcement, much of it working in the public school system. He also devotes time to youth service
Sandy brings over 20 years of accounting and business management expertise to Hope Centers United. She serves as the organization’s treasurer, responsible for strategic development and financial controls.
Teresa has a masters degree in Organizational Development from Columbia University and 19 years experience working with for-profit and non-profit organizations nationally.
Jordan is a successful real estate professional with a passion for people, a heart for others, and a knack for event planning. She leads multiple fundraisers throughout the year, giving generously back to the community.