Jason’s Story:
A Second Chance at Happiness

Shortly before Christmas, stacks of shoe boxes arrive in the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento (CRH) lobby. New shoe boxes with brand names like Nike, Converse, Adidas and Vans—in all sizes and styles, for boys and girls of all ages. Last year, almost 200 pairs of new shoes were donated to the Receiving Home—all because of one very grateful man and past CRH resident, Jason Salinas.

Over the course of eight months at CRH, Jason was eventually able to share the ugly truth of how he had endured years of abuse at the hands of his step-mother. Despite Jason’s obvious trauma, there were bright spots in his time at CRH. Jason remembers earning money for chores and spending it on toys or candy when he left on short field trips. He remembers learning to swim in the campus pool.

Most importantly, Jason remembers feeling safe for the first time in years.

When Jason first arrived, he was given a few outfits of donated clothing from the CRH clothes closet—a few pairs of jeans and some basic t-shirts. It was okay, all the kids at CRH wore used clothes.

But then one day his biological mother came to visit and presented him with a shoe box with a brand new pair of Nikes. Those new shoes made Jason feel like a million bucks! They made him feel important and like he was worth something to someone. Looking back, Jason believes those shoes represented for him a whole new beginning—a second chance at happiness.

Jason is now a loving father, successful business owner and a confident, emotionally-intelligent man, in part, because of the recovery and healing he found at the Children’s Receiving Home.

While at CRH, Jason benefited from a good counselor, a safe environment and the compassion and care of CRH staff. He’s grateful for all of it, and though he knows a new pair of shoes won’t make up for all the pain the Receiving Home’s children have experienced, he does what he can and gives only his best to let the children know how valuable they are.

This holiday season, please take a moment to decide how you can give an abused child a second chance at happiness. When you make a financial gift to support our mission you let each child know that they are valuable and worthy.

Thank you for always giving your best for our children. We wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and a happy New Year!

Most sincerely,
David Ballard, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer