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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STS and The 100 Black Men Of Sacramento Form Historic Partnership

Shoulder To Shoulder (STS) just recently signed an important and historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the 100 Black Men of Sacramento (100BMOS). The 100BMOS is one of Sacramento’s leading organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Black families with a special emphasis on young at-risk boys.

STS’s new partnership with 100BMOS will help both organizations expand their capabilities to mentor and support fatherless boys in the Sacramento region. Under the terms of the MOU, STS and the 100BMOS will be coordinating and supporting each other’s programs and the 100BMOS will be providing mentors from their membership to work with STS’s mentoring operations.

Speaking about the historic MOU, STS Founder and CEO, Bill Coibion, stated, “We are very excited about our new operational partnership with the 100 Black Men of Sacramento whose membership is comprised of many great leaders in our community and we look forward to working together to improve the lives of young boys in the Sacramento region”. Franklin Jackson, President of the 100BMOS, stated, “Our organization is delighted to be able to partner with Shoulder To Shoulder because of its proven ability to transform the lives of fatherless boys and its long-term dedication to the needs of the inner city”.

As STS seeks to expand its partnerships with various organizations through its newly-created affiliate, “The Fathering Coalition”, more support is needed to help us expand our outreach and mentoring efforts. As the Big Day of Giving approaches on May 3rd, please consider making a generous contribution so that we can continue on our mission to break the cycle of fatherlessness in Sacramento.

To make a donation, please click here.

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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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The Missing Man: A Very Special Event

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Shoulder To Shoulder (STS), in partnership with the School of Education at William Jessup University, is proud to announce a major no-cost event that is designed to address the transcendent social issue of our time: FATHERLESSNESS. 

On March 21st, at 6:30 p.m., STS will be holding its second “Waking Up To Fatherlessness” presentation in the Lecture Hall at William Jessup University, 2121 University Avenue, Rocklin, CA 95765. The theme of this special educational event is “The Missing Man” and the evening will be focused upon the following:

  • Fathering and its Generational Impact
  • Changing the Paradigm
  • The Fathering Coalition
  • How Can You and I Help

There are millions of people who live in the Sacramento region and all of us, either directly or indirectly, are affected by the devastating impacts and consequences of fatherlessness. The over 200,000 fatherless children in our area, and their over 1,000,000 related family members, are directly impacted. The rest of us are more indirectly impacted by the costs of fatherlessness, both financial and societal. Considering the fact that fatherlessness is largely responsible for over 70 percent of those in prison, for a large portion of those abusing drugs, and for the poverty created by father-absent homes, the financial costs are staggering. From a societal standpoint, fatherlessness is responsible for 63 percent of juvenile suicides, for 71 percent of teenage pregnancies, for 90 percent of homeless and runaway children, and for significant involvement in gang and other criminal activity.

Given everything that is at stake, we, as citizens and taxpayers, must take steps to break the cycle of fatherlessness. Please take the opportunity to attend “The Missing Man” event on March 21st where you can not only learn more about fatherlessness and its consequences, but can also learn how you, your organization, or your church can personally make a difference in helping to eradicate the pandemic social disease of fatherlessness. You will particularly want to learn about the development of “The Fathering Coalition”, an unprecedented collaborative partnership that is being developed in the Sacramento region.

To register for “The Missing Man” event, please click here.

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January is “National Mentoring Month”

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Here at STS we are celebrating the start of the new year and the value and success of our unique long-term, one-on-one mentoring program for fatherless inner-city boys, and of our Moms Helping Moms support program for the boys’ mothers and grandmothers.

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As our nation focuses upon the value and importance of mentoring, STS is proud of the accomplishments we have achieved through lives that have been literally transformed by the tireless efforts of STS’s dedicated professional staff and by the caring devotion of our outstanding mentors and coaches. Since 2007, STS has served over 300 inner-city boys and that effort has collectively impacted over 2,500 people in a very positive way.

When it comes to the issue of fatherlessness, quality life-transforming mentoring is the absolutely critical key ingredient necessary to break the cycle of this devastating social disease that is so rampant in our nation today. STS has set the example of how to break the cycle of fatherlessness through the provision to our mentees of hope, direction and purpose for their lives, and unconditional love and affirmation. Click here to see and hear about some of the many lives that have been changed.

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As we look around at our communities in the Sacramento region, the number of fatherless boys is still huge and the need to expand our mentoring capabilities is critical. In the next several months, STS is going to make a concerted effort to recruit and train more mentors and coaches but, in order to do that, we need your support to supply the necessary resources so that we can reach more boys. Here is how you can help break the cycle of fatherlessness:

We know that our mentoring brings great results. Please help us rescue more boys from the despair of fatherlessness.

Team STS

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Living generously throughout the year

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In the opening of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is the classic miser….not even a spark of generosity existed in the heart of this selfish man.

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge received a visit from two “portly gentlemen” seeking a charitable contribution for the poor, he was not inspired to give. Then a visit from Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s former partner, the miser’s heart began to soften.

By the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge became a man of exceeding and joyful generosity. Nothing reveals his change of heart more than his interaction with the two portly gentlemen on Christmas morning. Seeing them in the streets, he grabbed their hands and wished them Merry Christmas. Then, he whispered into the ear of one of the gentlemen what he intended to contribute to their mission for the poor.

“Lord bless me!” cried the gentleman, as if his breath were taken away. “My dear Mr. Scrooge, are you serious?”

“If you please,” said Scrooge. “Not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included in it, I assure you.”

Today Christmas is a time for generosity. Some are caught up in the gift-giving spirit of the season. Others make charitable gifts to lessen their tax burden. Still others are moved to drop spare change into the Salvation Army red kettles.

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”   2 Corinthians 9:8

For Christians, generosity is surely one excellent way to celebrate the birth of Christ. We give, not simply because of seasonal emotion, but because God has given so richly to us in Jesus Christ. Moreover, as 2 Corinthians 9:8 makes clear, we are generous because God has so generously blessed us “with every blessing in abundance.”

We pass on to others that which God has lavished upon us. We hear as if spoken to us the instructions Jesus once gave to his first disciples, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt 10:8, NIV).

Of course, our generous response to God’s generosity is not limited to the Christmas season. Thus, we have the opportunity and responsibility to give each day what God has lavished upon us. We keep Christmas well through living generously throughout the year.

Please consider a Gift now to help us end fatherlessness in the greater Sacramento region!

On behalf of the urban fatherless and their single moms and grandmothers, THANK YOU!

TeamSTS

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Shoulder To Shoulder celebrates its 20th anniversary!

Shoulder To Shoulder (STS) has evolved over time following the vision from God upon its founding, on December 5th, 1995. For the first seven years significant effort centered on strengthening men and their role in their family and their relationship with God. Around 25,000 men in the greater Sacramento region were greatly impacted by STS’s Point Man Monthly Breakfast Series.

Below are the men who helped launch the Breakfast Series for seven years…

In 2003, STS implemented a small group model for men that resulted in transforming their lives into the men God desires. This model also greatly assisted men in understanding the disciplines necessary to develop and maintain an intimate relationship with God.

In 2007, STS began its community phase of outreach to meet the needs of fatherless young boys in the Sacramento region’s inner city areas. In cooperation with Twin Rivers USD officials, STS began to provide onsite, life-transforming support efforts for 350 boys and their families over the ensuing years. Today STS is expanding its capabilities to meet the huge demand for its unique, long-term, one-on-one mentoring program that also includes care for the moms of our mentees.

It is a fact that, in the Sacramento region, there are around 200,000 children who go to bed each night without a father in their lives. This staggering number shows the magnitude of the problem and STS has realized that it is going to take a broad-based united effort to meet the needs.

As a result, STS is in the process of creating The Fathering Coalition, a multi-level coalition of churches and other supporting organizations, to help achieve the goal of ending fatherlessness in our area. The core of the Coalition will consist of area churches who serve as a pool of potential mentors for our young boys and potential coaches for our care for the moms.

We at STS are very excited about what The Fathering Coalition can do and we hope you will support this effort by doing the following:

We are looking forward to see what 2016 will bring and, with your help, it can be an amazing year.

With gratitude,

 

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