STS Honors Founder Bill Coibion

Founder leaving nonprofit to focus on faith-based mission

Shoulder To Shoulder, one of few local nonprofits that addresses the fatherlessness in our communities, honors its founder Bill Coibion who has stepped away April 1, 2017, to pursue his passion to help men become all God wants them to be.

Coibion began with the Point Man Breakfast Series, which has reached over 25,000 men in our region. In 2004, Mr. Coibion launched the first transformational discipleship-based men’s ministry in the greater region as the Men’s Pastor at Adventure Christian Church. Then, in fall 2007, Bill began a long-term initiative to mentor generationally fatherless boys that enables them to become well-balanced, mature men in their family and community in the future.

“Leaving a legacy to the generations that follow is something we teach the young boys at Shoulder To Shoulder every day. There is no doubt that Bill is leaving his own legacy not only within the organization, but with hundreds of at-risk youth who are now living better lives because of Shoulder To Shoulder.” said Ron Crane, Board Chairman for Shoulder To Shoulder. “We are thrilled to ensure his legacy lives on with the annual William H. Coibion Jr. Award.”

To honor Coibion for all of the tremendous work he has put into the organization and surrounding communities, Shoulder To Shoulder has created the William H. Coibion, Jr. Award. The honor will be presented annually to an individual in our region who best embodies Coibion’s passion, dedication and commitment to uplifting at-risk youth.

“Bill has brought to light the devastating effects regarding fatherlessness and how it has impacted our communities. His relentless pursuit to address our region’s number one social challenge has made a real difference for hundreds of disadvantaged youth and their families,” said Dr. John Jackson, President of William Jessup University in Rocklin.

“Without Bill’s foresight and dedication over the past decades, Shoulder To Shoulder would not have made the impact it has in this community on the many young boys who are now on the path to success,” said Shoulder To Shoulder President Richard Moore. “His guidance and mentorship will be greatly missed by our staff and families.”

“I look forward to focusing my time and effort to encourage and equip men in our region to become Sons to our Heavenly Father that model the attributes of being a Godly husband, father and community servant.” said Coibion.

With gratitude,

Ronald G. Crane, Chairman

Richard A. Moore, President

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Come Out and Support the Cause!

Shoulder To Shoulder will host its 6th annual Legacy Bowl on Sunday, March 5, 1PM to 4:30PM at AMF Rocklin Lanes – 2325 Sierra Meadows Dr., Rocklin, with 20 teams for an afternoon of fun and fundraising to support STS mentoring programs.

Last year’s event was an afternoon full of inspiration, perspiration, family fun, and a time of honoring our amazing mentees. More than 200 people showed up for the festivities, and the Legacy Bowl event raised over $20,000 to benefit the many urban fatherless young boys and their families we serve.

We had a great time together. We heard stories of how lives have been changed through long-term one-on-one mentoring, and the impact our Moms Helping Moms program has on the moms and grandmothers who raise these precious young boys.

Thanks to your participation and generosity, Shoulder To Shoulder will continue to reach fatherless young boys, igniting hope and purpose in their lives, and equipping them for life.

Donate and Support the Cause

If you would like more information about this event or would like to make a financial contribution to help Strike Down Fatherlessness, please email info@teamsts.org or call (916) 285-5422. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Richard Moore Named President of Shoulder To Shoulder

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Richard to assume day-to-day operations of organization addressing fatherlessness.

Shoulder To Shoulder, one of the few local nonprofit agencies addressing crime, truancy and homelessness through mentoring at-risk fatherless young boys and coaching their single moms or grandmothers announces Richard Moore will serve as the organization’s President.

Richard has more than two decades experience in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, Richard served as the Northern California Area Manager for Education First and led the Master’s Commission Urban Missions Institute in São Paulo, Brazil.

“We are thrilled to be able to add someone with Richard’s experience and passion for helping at-risk youth to the Shoulder To Shoulder team,” said Shoulder To Shoulder Founder Bill Coibion. “As an organization, we are committed to helping the unprecedented number of young boys in our inner cities growing up without fathers. This seldom discussed social issue is having a devastating impact on our schools and jails. In Richard, we believe we have someone who is focused on breaking this debilitating cycle of fatherlessness.”

Shoulder to Shoulder, headquartered in Del Paso Heights, is committed to addressing fatherlessness through a mentor program that equips urban youth for life, enabling them to become well-balanced, mature men in their family and community.

In his role as president, Richard will oversee day-to-day operations of Shoulder To Shoulder and lead the organizations latest initiatives and outreach programs.

“Leaving a legacy to the generations that follow us is one of the most important things we can do in this lifetime,” said Richard. “Shoulder to Shoulder’s unique ability to focus on the cause of homelessness, crime and education dropout rates, aligns with my passions to help address our community’s deepest needs. I am thankful for this opportunity to transform the lives of disadvantaged young boys.”

Richard, a native of San Jose, California, earned degrees in Biblical Studies from Northern California Bible and Organizational Management from Ashford University. Richard is a distinguished author, having published with his wife, Jocelyn, The H Factor, a book on Corporate Social Responsibility and Employment Engagement.

Not only devoted to helping youth and the less fortunate, Richard and Jocelyn have seven children: Randi, Aravis, Debora, Rebekah, Adriana, Sean and Christopher; and four granddaughters. Richard enjoys international travel, global friendships, reading, yoga, journaling, camping and spending as much time as possible with his wife and children.

Founder and CEO, Bill Coibion, will take on an advisory role in Shoulder To Shoulder to assist with the transition. He will focus his subsequent efforts on developing initiatives to encourage and equip men in our region to become Christ like servants in their homes and area churches and model being a Godly husband, father and community servant to his children, family, friends and many others.

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Thank you for standing in the gap on the BIG Day of Giving!

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Because of you who gave in the Big Day of Giving…

  • more young fatherless men will experience life transformation
  • more mothers will be proud of their young men
  • we will continue to break the cycle of fatherlessness
  • you will have played a part in creating a better tomorrow for our communities

“There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” – Mary Rose McGeady

Please continue to support us in prayer, in person, and financially! Help us continue to love and mentor the youth of our inner cities!

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BIG Day of Giving: Help us make a difference!

Please join us on May 3rd, 2016 for another historic event for our region, the 2016 BIG Day of Giving. Over a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight, Shoulder To Shoulder will join with nearly 600 other nonprofits to raise money for their causes.

Our goals is to break the generational cycle of fatherlessness in our inner city communities. Please support Shoulder To Shoulder for this year’s Big Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 3rd. On that day please visit Big Day of Giving and help us make an impact.

Please mark your calendar.

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Mark Your Calendar for the 2015 Igniting Hope Gala

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Shoulder to Shoulder Cordially Invites You to Join Us for a Memorable and Inspiring Evening

Meet some of our young men, and hear how their lives have been changed forever by Shoulder to Shoulder.

This inspirational evening is dedicated to celebration, honoring those making a difference, and witnessing inspiring stories of hope and transformation.

The 4th Igniting Hope Gala will feature dinner, live music, and life-changing stories from Mentors, Mentees, and Moms.

It will be a time of celebration inspiration, and honoring.

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Please join us for this memorable evening! Attire is business casual.

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Thank you for considering this unique opportunity to support our vision of Igniting Hope in our fatherless young boys in North Sacramento. We look forward to meeting with you and sharing our dedication to transforming lives and Igniting Hope within communities where “hope” is hard to find.

For more information about the event, sponsorships or hosting a table call
Noel Smith at 916.718.5688 or email her at goteam@teamsts.org


The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred

2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95825

Friday October 23, 2015 5:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.


 

 

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Big Day of Giving Results

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We are so pleased with the success of the Big Day of Giving. Here is some appreciation expressed by our very own Bill Coibion:

“Thank you for your support and donations yesterday to Shoulder To Shoulder for the BIG Day of Giving! Our audacious goal for yesterday was to raise $10,000 in 24 hours – you answered the call gave with a generosity that it blew our goal out of the water. By midnight  last night we received a total of $11,625!

A simple “thank you” cannot fully express the gratitude and appreciation we feel after yesterday’s show of support… so in addition to telling you how grateful we are, we also want to SHOW you how much it means to us. The best way we know to steward your gifts is by putting all the money toward our core mission and reason for existing: mentoring and preparing fatherless young men, and caring for their mothers.

Stay tuned for more updates via email and social media to hear some of the stories of how we’re using your gifts and how we’re being used to help break the cycle of generational fatherlessness in Del Paso Heights and beyond!”

Honored to serve,

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Bill Coibion

Founder & President,
Shoulder To Shoulder
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The Bus Tour 2013

The Bus Tour is an interactive opportunity to see, touch, and feel life in our community. The forty-five minute tour includes a first-hand narrative of life in Del Paso Heights (DPH or The Heights) from the perspective of students and their families. The purpose of the tour also includes an introduction of Shoulder To Shoulder (STS), some of its young men, their moms, mentors, staff and board members.  The date for the tour is Saturday, September 14th from 9:30 to 12:00 ….. snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Background

Families in the Heights get little contact from the outside world.  For people outside of DPH, fatherlessness, and the generational demise of the role of absent dads are only heard about occasionally through news sources. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. Launching a bus tour is designed to generate exposure and support of the need in Del Paso Heights.

The STS sponsored “Bus Tour” is an effort to raise awareness about the need for corporate support for students and their families. Civic leaders are invited, including educators, law enforcement and local business owners.

The route of the tour will take friends to real life scenes of life in the Heights. Tour guests will hear firsthand accounts of the dynamics of fatherlessness from the perspective of STS personnel, students and their families.

“We hope the bus tour will generate the public consciousness, financial support, and action. Every single morning when I wake up, I feel a sense of urgency about what’s NOT taking place in Del Paso Heights,” says Sidney Smith, an STS board member who grew up in the rough streets of South Central Los Angeles. “That feeling won’t go away for me until we make every effort to give these kids the same chance that I received. Most people have no idea about the challenges and opportunities here in Del Paso Heights.”

The most prominent advocate for these kids is STS CEO Bill Coibion; a passionate retired businessman, husband and father of two adult boys. Coibion is marking his seventh year in Del Paso Heights as CEO of STS. Coibion has sent countless personal invitations to friends and colleagues urging them to “come and see.”

The hope is that the tour will open the eyes of people who may never otherwise come to DPH. The tour may also provide a launching platform for future STS initiatives in DPH. Ultimately, we’re building laser focused awareness of the needs we face while fighting the fatherless epidemic in Del Paso Heights.

“Part of the purpose of the tour is to channel what is seen into action over the long haul,” says Smith.

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Media Alert: Sac Bee’s Article on Shoulder To Shoulder

Lezlie Sterling published an article in the Sac Bee on Monday, June 17th about the great task our organization has set out to accomplish in our community.

In a neighborhood riddled with crime and poverty, Bill Coibion’s vision brings hope to fatherless young men. His faith-based organization, Shoulder to Shoulder, began mentoring boys in 2007, teaching life skills and character, in an effort to break the cycle of generational fatherlessness in Del Paso Heights. In workshops, small group discussions and one-on-one mentoring, the boys are coached from seventh grade through high school, primarily at Freedom Hall across from Grant High School.

Before an annual camping trip to Yosemite, Coibion tells 12 boys that the choices they make today will decide their destiny. “We ignite hope in the kids and then we challenge our young men to take responsibility for their lives,” he says. “Once they do that, we walk through life continuing to coach them and helping to prepare them for adulthood.”

 

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Looking Up – STS featured in the Comstock’s Magazine

Bill Coibion’s commitment to transforming lives in his Del Paso Heights neighborhood began in the mid-1990s when he launched the nonprofi t Shoulder to Shoulder.

He had just become a Christian and felt called to encourage men to be “servant-leaders” at home, in church and in their communities. Eight years passed, and Coibion met the principal of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Del Paso Heights. The principal told him that 70 percent of students at the high school were growing up without a father figure at home. Most of the kids came from poor households, and fewer than half of them would finish high school, the principal said. Some would likely end up in jail or prison. “The recidivism rate for young boys in the system was so high that I believed we needed to get to them before they got in there,” Coibion says. “In Sacramento County, the return rate of kids who go through juvenile hall and on through the California Youth Authority or into prison is about 90 percent.”

Later, he visited a juvenile hall processing center and saw, sitting in the front row, the youngest offenders: a boy and a girl, both 8 years old. “I had a hard time dealing with that,” Coibion says. “I have a son, and I know the innocence of an 8-year-old. I was very emotional.” So he created Freedom Hall, a longterm program for fatherless young men, primarily in Del Paso Heights, who are mentored by the men in Shoulder to Shoulder. “It’s Freedom Hall vs. juvenile hall,” says Coibion. “We tell the kids, ‘The choices you make will lead to your destiny, and if you continue to make the same bad choices over and over, it becomes a habit. Your character will lead you to your destiny, and if that is juvenile hall, it will eventually lead you to death or destruction. Or you can go through Freedom Hall.’”

Semaj Horace, now a senior at Oakland High School in Oakland, learned of Freedom Hall when a Shoulder to Shoulder mentor came to his school. “I was in P.E. and was getting ready to go run a mile, and a guy walked into class and said, ‘How many of you don’t have a father figure at home?’ I raised my hand, and then he said something about the things they do but all I heard was ‘play video games,’” Horace says. He’s been involved with Freedom Hall for five years now. He takes the train from Oakland to Sacramento to meet with his mentors. He’s happy, confident. His grades are up. He’s visiting college campuses. “As a kid, I was always in trouble,” he says. “They showed me a different way. I’ve learned so much. Video games drew me in, but now I’ve learned to be a man, learned things my father couldn’t teach me.”

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