The Missing Man

We have a “missing man” problem in our inner cities within the Greater Sacramento Region. In these areas 70% of the young boys here have no father to look up to, often from the beginning of their lives. We’ve all heard the expression “Like Father, Like Son.” But what happens when there is NO father…who does a son grow up to be like?

Single mothers and grandmothers are left to raise these children as most of the fathers have gone away: lost to drugs, gang crime, unemployment or prison. Few positive male role models are here for children to look up to, especially young boys.

Did you know that 43% of youth live now without their father in their home and that fatherless homes account for?

  • 63% of youth suicides
  • 70% or more of adults in prison
  • 71% of high school drop outs and teenage pregnancies
  • 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger
  • 85% of youth in prison
  • 90% of runaways and homeless youth

Founded in 1996, Shoulder To Shoulder (STS) is dedicated to breaking the cycle of the fatherlessness by encouraging and equipping men to be Christ-like servant leaders in their home, church and community.

In the community, Christian men are sought to become mentors to at-risk fatherless young boys, starting in the 4th grade, enabling them to become well-balanced, mature men in their family and community.  This is accomplished thru long-term mentoring for both the young boys and their single mothers or grandmothers raising them.

The STS approach is making a positive impact – as demonstrated by Isaiah’s and Angela’s stories.