Running with Purpose

Major Zack Samuel-Burnett (Sep) is no runner. In fact, this Rocklin resident prefers to fly. He served more than 10 years in the U.S. Air Force flying multiple aircraft including the U-2S and is now a commercial airline pilot. He woke up one morning last year with an incredible urge to run a marathon.

After much discussion with his wife and 3 children, Zack started training in September for the Avenue of the Giants Marathon to be held on May 5. The run takes place in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, 40 miles south of Eureka and is described as one of the most scenic courses in the country. The marathon is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier. Through his run, Zack’s goal is to raise $1,000 for Shoulder To Shoulder, a Sacramento-based youth development program exclusively serving fatherless boys in Del Paso Heights.

Zack grew up much of his life with only one parent present and was even homeless for a time as a teen. He now wants to help “make a difference” in the lives of urban fatherless young men. In just six months, Zack has already logged 679.46 miles in 110 hours of training and has reached the halfway point of his fundraising goal. He tracks his mileage on MapMyRun then posts his results on Facebook so friends can follow his progress and gain interest in his cause.

Contributions to Zack’s “running with purpose” can be made at   As a commercial airline pilot, Zack trains during layovers in different cities around the country. So far he’s trained in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Nashville, San Antonio, Ontario, St. Louis, Portland, Kansas City, Spokane, Omaha, Albuquerque, Tucson, Pittsburgh, El Paso, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

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Bowl and Make A Difference

Shoulder To Shoulder (STS) will hold its SECOND annual “Bowl-A-Thon” at Rocklin Lanes in Rocklin on Sunday, May 19th from 1:30 to 4:30 to benefit the generationally fatherless young men growing up in Del Paso Heights, where over 70% of youth are fatherless and 50% will graduate from high school.

Our fun filled event will field twenty (20) teams consisting of eight bowlers: a Team Captain and six other bowlers along with a STS mentor or one of our young men. Each team will be sponsored by a company for $1,000 and each team will raise at least $1,000 from the sale of raffle tickets.

Prizes will be awarded for both team and individual bowler averages as well as fund raising accomplishments. Numerous raffle prizes will be awarded with a combined value totaling more than $5,000! Bowlers should encourage their family to come and cheer them on!

Teams will be sought through STS’s Board members, staff, consultants and mentors who will approach their churches to field one or more teams formed from high school, young adults, men’s, women’s, or other church ministries.

Each Team will be sponsored by a company for $1,000. We anticipate this happening by:

  1. STS Board members, staff, consultants and mentors encouraging their church leadership to enter two bowling teams and securing a business owner to sponsor their church teams.
  2. STS Board members, consultants and mentors approaching their employers to become a team Sponsor.
  3. TeamSTS recruiting businesses to Sponsor a team and possibly enter a team(s).

 Sponsoring Companies will receive:

  • Recognition as a sponsor on printed materials
  • Company logo displayed on their team’s two lanes
  • Recognition as a Sponsor on STS’s website

Prizes will be awarded to:

  • The individual with the highest three game average
  • The team with the highest three game average
  • The individual who raised the most support via raffle ticket sales
  • The team which raised the most support via raffle ticket sales

The Bowl-A-Thon will include a raffle for numerous prizes. Tickets will be sold at $5 per ticket.  Team captains and their bowlers will seek to sell raffle tickets to their family, friends, work associates and business colleagues.  Our hope is that each Team will sell at least 200 raffle tickets.  Keep in mind that a prize will be awarded to the team which raised the most funds from their raffle ticket proceeds for STS.

STS expects the raffle prizes may include such things as: 

  • Gourmet dinner for eight prepared in your home, including wine and dessert
  • Guided hike for eight (8) in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe
  • ATV for two in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe
  • Flight for four to Reno, South Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay or the Wine country, along with lunch at your place of destination
  • Hotel, dinner and theatre tickets in San Francisco
  • Three days in a beautiful Lake Tahoe area cabin with a lake view
  • 46” HDTV
  • I-Pad or I-Pad Mini
  • Train ride through the wine country, to include lunch
  • Round of golf for four with cart and lunch at Granite Bay Country Club
  • Several $50 meal gift certificates
  • Several $100 gift certificates for meals at upscale restaurants
  • Along with many other possibilities
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You’re Invited to Share in An Amazing Experience!

We are eager for you to come and:

  1. Meet some of our young men and their mothers, hear their stories and learn how Shoulder To Shoulder serves them
  2. Hear from our leaders, Board members and mentors as they share their stories, our vision and how Hope is being Ignited in the lives of our fatherless young men
  3. See our exciting new facility


Thursday, January 17th, 2013 from 5:00-7:30PM

Where? (Make note of our new address!!)

1333 Grand Avenue, Bldg. G, Sacramento, CA 95838
(916) 285-5422 office, (916) 333-1531 fax

Appetizers, music & fellowship!

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Igniting Hope Gala, An Evening to Remember coming up Nov. 10th, 2012

Two hundred community leaders from the Greater Sacramento region will gather for an evening to remember as we reveal how Shoulder to Shoulder is Igniting Hope in fatherless young men in Del Paso Heights at our 1st Annual Igniting Hope Gala. This inspiring and memorable evening will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 starting at 6:00p.m. to 8:45p.m. at the Croatian-American Cultural Center located at 3730 Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento.

The evening festivities will include live music, an inspiring program, a delectable meal and world-class desserts by Ettore.

Our emcee for this memorable evening will be Ron Jones, Anchor and Reporter at KOVR Channel 13.

Our distinguished speakers include: Dr. Lisa Dunne, Author and Adjunct Professor at William Jessup University; Daniel Hahn, Chief of Police Roseville; Dan Thompson, Chaplin of Juvenile Hall; Semaj Horace, Student; Scott Terpstra, mentor; Michele Rivas, former President of the TRUSD Board of Trustees; myself and a few surprises.

We would be sincerely grateful for your support and encouragement. Please consider being one of our valued community sponsors at our inspirational Igniting Hope Gala. We have provided for you additional information regarding community sponsorship opportunities and a brief background on Shoulder to Shoulder.

Thank you for considering this unique opportunity to support our vision in Igniting Hope in fatherless young men in Del Paso Heights who have lost their identity as a man due to generational fatherlessness. We are truly appreciative to be able to share our dedication to transforming lives and Igniting Hope within a community where “hope” is hard to find.

Shoulder To Shoulder is a non-profit 501(c) (3) and our Federal Tax ID No. is 94-3343868.

For more information, please feel free to contact our Gala Director, Sondra Jensen at (916) 223-9398 or

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Shoulder To Shoulder Appoints Vice President of Operations

Darryl Scruggs has been appointed Vice President of Opera­tions at Shoulder To Shoulder. The organization oper­ates a youth development program for fatherless young men in Del Paso Heights. Currently serving boys attending Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy and Grant High School, Shoulder To Shoul­der provides mentoring, leadership training, character development, and engages youth in com­munity ser­vice.

Mr. Scruggs, with over 22 years of youth development experience with fatherless youth, joined Shoulder To Shoulder in January 2012 as Director of Youth Development.“Darryl’s capacity and experience proved enormously valuable to the fatherless young men we serve as well as our volunteers,” says Bill Coibion, Founder and President of Shoulder To Shoul­der.

Prior to joining Shoulder To Shoulder, Darryl worked for Milhous Children’s Services, based in Nevada City, Rite of Passage ATCS, Inc., based in Minden, NV and St. Joseph School in Del Paso Heights.

John Schoeppach, Board Chair of Shoulder To Shoulder states, “Darryl epitomizes the char­acter, attitude and values we aim to instill in fatherless young boys as we prepare them for life.”

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Are you a State Employee? Member of an AFL-CIO affiliated labor union? Do you work for a company like SAFE Credit Union or VSP?

Shoulder To Shoulder and United Way

If so, did you know that you can support Shoulder to Shoulder through the United Way Workplace Giving Program?

That’s right, Shoulder To Shoulder (STS) has recently been accepted as a United Way Certified Nonprofit Partner. This means that employees of qualifying organizations can now support STS through payroll deductions. It’s a simple, no hassle way to give to STS in any amount.

All you have to do is contact your employer’s HR Department to see if your organization is a part of the United Way Workplace Giving Program.

You can also request that a representative of STS come and speak or set up a display at your workplace. United Way Giving Program employers are more than willing to have our reps come! They simply need to receive a request from you.

The United Way Workplace Giving Program. It’s a simple way to make a powerful difference for urban fatherless young men. STS is proud to have been selected for this program. Please contact your employer today to see if you qualify, or call Donna Ramos at 916-285-5422 for more info.

Shoulder To Shoulder United Way #24410

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United Way Accepts Shoulder To Shoulder as a Non-Profit Partner

STS is proud to announce its acceptance as a Nonprofit Partner with United Way of Greater Sacramento.  STS submitted to a rigorous application and review process and is now part of the select group of non-profits that have been endorsed by The United Way. We are proud to have been able to earn this designation, and we are especially happy about the new pathways this offers for friends and supporters of STS to play a part in what we do. Allow us to explain.

Have you ever wanted to become a financial supporter of Shoulder to Shoulder, but just haven’t been able to find a convenient way to give? Well now there’s an answer to that challenge: the United Way Workplace Giving Program.

This program makes it is possible for you to give to STS in any amount you choose through payroll deduction right at your workplace. Most larger employers in our region are part of this program, including The State of California, AFL-CIO Union Affiliates, and companies like SAFE Credit Union and VSP. All you have to do is contact your organization’s HR Department to see if your employer or organization is a part of the United Way Workplace Giving Program. They’ll help you set up your monthly donation via payroll. It’s that simple.

But there’s even more. You can also request that a representative of STS come and speak or set up a display at your workplace. United Way Giving Program employers are more than willing to have our reps come! They simply need to receive a request from you.

A recent study discovered that Sacramento residents are less likely to give and actually donate fewer dollars than the national average. In fact, only 62% of households in the Greater Sacramento Region give to charities. One of the big reasons for this is that people who sincerely want to give just don’t know a simple way to give that is convenient, reliable and goes to support charities that help people right in their own backyard. The United Way Workplace Giving Program changes all that. With your help, we believe more people than ever will begin giving to support charities like STS to change lives right here in our own city.

The United Way Workplace Giving Program. It’s a simple way to make a powerful difference for fatherless young men. STS is proud to have been selected for this program.  Please contact your employer today to see if you qualify, or call our office at 916-285-5422 for more info.

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Cardboard Boats Set Sail in Del Paso Heights

Fatherless Youth Compete in Annual Community Event

(Sacramento, California, July 29, 2011):

Shoulder To Shoulder will host its 4th Annual Del Paso Heights Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, August 6 at Rio Linda High School Pool, culminating the agency’s 5-week Level Up summer program. Boats will be designed and built by boys ages 11-16 who will team up and compete in the race. The team with the last boat floating wins. The Regatta will also feature a BBQ, swimming and awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of the young men and volunteers participating in the Level Up program. The event is free and open to the public. Level Up is an alternative to a summer spent on the streets and includes a variety of recreational and academic activities, plus service projects and field trips. College stu­dents from California and Arizona serve as group leaders and mentors. In Del Paso Heights, approximately 70% of youth live in a fatherless home. Fatherless youth are more likely to parent before age 20, abuse drugs and join a gang rather than finish high school, attend college and join the workforce. “The program lets the boys know their options and choices,” states LaToya Griffin, mother of one of the participating youth. “Before this program, they didn’t think they had any.” During the school year, Shoulder To Shoulder operates Freedom Hall, a youth develop­ment program for fatherless young men at Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy and Grant High School. The program provides mentoring, tutoring, character develop­ment, life skills training, and engages youth in community service. Student Isaiah Mathews says “They showed me how I was going down the wrong path and that I need­ed to get it together. Now I come down and help other boys like some of the mentors helped me. I want to give back.” Shoulder To Shoulder’s Founder Bill Coibion states, “Del Paso Heights has some of the highest rates of crime, poverty, child abuse, and drop-outs in Sacramento County. We are setting a positive example for these young men, to help them become leaders in their community and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”  Shoulder To Shoulder’s goal is to break the cycle of fatherlessness in Del Paso Heights.


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Pastor Henry Wells Interviews Bill Coibion on KFIA

Bill Coibion is interviewed by Henry Wells during the Pastor to Pastor Radio Program on KFIA. Bill shares the charge he is leading to revert the devastating results of a fatherless generation in our very community. He describes Freedom Hall, Level Up and other programs designed to solve specific problems that have resulted from the deficiency caused by the absence of a father or male figure in the home. Listen as he shares the need, the opportunity to make a difference and what you can do about it.

01 Pastor To Pastor – Interview Bill Coibion – Henry Wells

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Freedom Hall Award Night – May 26th

On May 26nd, Freedom Hall will be holding its Student Award and Volunteer Appreciation night from 6 to 8 p.m. Team and Individual awards handed out for outstanding character, GPA increase and more. We will also be recognizing our volunteers who serve our young men involved with Freedom Hall. A light snack will be provided for the event. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate the dedication of our volunteers and the accomplishments of our Young Men.

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