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.

Salwa Kasabian

Executive Director

    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.

    Curtis Alling

    Chairman of the Board

      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 Kauffman

      Board Member

        Debi is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing at Marshall Family Medicine in Placerville for the past 12 years.

        Jordan Triveri

        Board Member

          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.

          Jeremy Owens

          Board Member

            Jeremy, a devoted husband and proud father, runs a family-owned, Folsom-based remodeling business.  He brings three generations of construction experience to the board. 

            Koert Takkunen

            Board Member

              Koert is an accomplished healthcare exec who has used his professional platform to benefit organizations like the Make A Wish Foundation, Autistic Association, the Marshawn Lynch Foundation, and now Folsom’s Hope.

              Susan Didriksen


                Susan is a financial advisor with over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, investment strategy and risk management. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of Folsom Lake College and Ashford University.