Year-End Giving with Meaning and Purpose

Dear Friends of STS,

As you make decisions about your year-end giving plans, please consider the following recent timely event that saturated the news media.

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It was 3:45 in the afternoon when the shooting took place. Five players on the Grant Union High School football team in Sacramento had stopped to get some food before the playoff game, and were on their way back to school to suit up. Excitement was high when their lives were suddenly shattered by gunshots. One dead, another injured, a game postponed, and inner-city lives completely altered. The entire Grant High School family and the largely fatherless Del Paso Heights community was once again rocked by a fatal shooting.

It is at times like this when God and family provide shelter and comfort in the storm. It is in the hard times when a Dad can help his children weather the storm. But what can be done when a young boy has no father to run to. When a young inner-city boy’s world is rocked, whether by a shooting or something else, where can he go when there is no Dad in the home?

This is why Shoulder To Shoulder is so passionate about what we do. God’s intention has always been for Dads to be there for their children, especially in times of adversity. But where there is no Dad, we at STS have the privilege to be there as a mentor and to help the boys process through, and learn from, hard times. When the Grant High football team held a players and coaches-only meeting right before the re-scheduled game, one of the STS mentors, who is also a pastor in Del Paso Heights, was invited to be there. At a critical time, he was able to help the players navigate through their raw emotions. In the same way, our STS mentors are there for every mentee and our “Moms Helping Moms” coaches are there for their single mothers.

Our ability to be there for the fatherless is made possible because of your prayers, service, and support. As we approach the end of the year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas filling the air, would you remember TeamSTS? You can help us break the cycle of fatherlessness in three different ways:

  1. Pray for us. Pray that God would use us to reach the fatherless, and their families, with God’s transforming love. Ask your church to put TeamSTS on its prayer list.
  2. Volunteer. Consider becoming a Mentor or perhaps a Coach in our “Moms Helping Moms” program. You could also help with our upcoming Bowl-A-Thon (in March) and our Father/Son Legacy Run (in June).
  3. Give. We are grateful for all monthly and one-time gifts. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we take no State or Federal funds, but rely upon the generosity of those who understand and appreciate the value of what we do. Your tax-deductible gifts will help us reach more fatherless young boys; we currently have 25 boys on our waiting list and your generous year-end gift could help eliminate the waiting list and truly make a difference in many lives.

From all of us at TeamSTS, thank you for your support and we hope that you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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