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"To The Rescue" is an enterprise that provides strategic planning, workplace diversity, teambuilding and leadership development workshops to corporate, non-profit and government employees.

At "To The Rescue" we begin with the client's "intent” in mind, and provide ongoing organizational development and customized training programs which satisfy the client's needs.

At "To The Rescue" we believe that "...everybody brings something to the table!"  To develop and sustain a quality workforce, an organization must develop and sustain the full human potential of every employee.

About Lee N. Coffee Jr.

Lee N. Coffee, Jr. is The Founder and CEO of To The Rescue and Lee Coffee & Associates, a nationally recognized firm entering its 14th year. Lee is a Professional Speaker, Facilitator and Chautauqua performer who specializes in maximizing human potential.  

Two months after High School, Mr. Coffee left the comfort of family and friends in the northeastern town of Painesville, Ohio to begin what Joseph Campbell referred to as the Hero’s Journey.  As a young man, he served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and as the youngest Senior Clinical Specialist on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Midway through his twenty-four year career in the U.S. Army, this former Drill Sergeant combined his love of reading, his compassion for people and his skills as a professional soldier into something which would add meaning to life. 

While doing research on the men of the 9th and 10th U. S. Cavalry, the frontier regulars widely known as the Buffalo Soldiers, he realized that these men often came To The Rescue of people on the frontier. 

In 1992, Mr. Coffee combined the creativity of storytelling with the analysis of contemporary children’s encampments and designed a series of innovative programs and professional speaking engagements.  Two years later, To The Rescue was officially launched in San Antonio, Texas.  Each camp was designed around a cultural figure like Sgt Emanuel Stance (Buffalo Soldier, Medal Of Honor Recipient), or Gregorio Cortez (a heroic Vaquero) with the specific purpose to teach history, promote education, and encourage anti-gang and anti-drug activities. The speaking engagements were related to topics on self-worth, leadership, cultural awareness and the life of Sgt Emanuel Stance: Buffalo Soldier. 

Beginning in 1997, To The Rescue Programs expanded to Colorado, and Mr. Coffee was invited to lead the Old Stories, New Voices Intercultural Youth Program. A new series of leadership development workshops were also added to address the needs of adult learners. 

In 2005, after seven years as the director of OSNV, this program received several national awards (Coming Up Taller, National Endowment for the Humanities), as well as laudatory comments from the First Lady.

“This program gives boys and girls a deeper understanding of how people of past generations and diverse cultures lived in the American West."

- First Lady Laura Bush

Today, To The Rescue continues to offer Storytelling Seminars and Leadership Development workshops to children of all ages.  Whether young or old, male or female, audiences walk away with an understanding that: “Self determination has emancipated more people than Lincoln’s Proclamation, Congressional Legislation or Formal Education ever will.”


Link

Link Come listen to the fascinating story about Link, an African-American cowhand and bronco-buster who worked on Judge Noonan’s Ranch in Castroville, southwest of San Antonio.   In 1872, 17 year-old Frank Collinson arrived in south Texas straight from a boarding school in Yorkshire, England; he was eager to learn the ways of the cowboy. 

Fortunately for him, Link and his brother Chich were there to teach him.  In the book Life in the Saddle, seventy-nine year-old Collinson recalls “I learned everything I know about being a cowboy from Link; I would listen to his every word. I never saw him thrown, never saw him hurt.”

Black Cowboys of Texas

Black Cowboys of Texas

2000 T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award Winner

"Sarah Massey's volume is so well done that one need be neither black nor Texan to enjoy the book.  Black Cowboys of Texas has the merit of expanding the horizons of two kinds of history, that of the cowboy as well as that of the African American."
- The Bloomsbury Review

In the early days of Texas, the work of the cowhand was essential to the newly arrived settlers building a life on the frontier. The story of the Anglo cowboys who worked the ranches of Texas is well known, but much more remains to be discovered about the African American cowhands who worked side-by-side with the vaqueros and Anglo cowboys.

The cowboy learned his craft from the vaqueros of New Spain and Texas when it was the northern territory of Mexico, as well as from the stock raisers of the South. Such a life was hardly glamorous. Poorly fed, underpaid, overworked, deprived of sleep, and prone to boredom and loneliness, cowboys choked in the dust, were cold at night, and suffered broken bones in falls and spills from horses spooked by snakes or tripped by prairie dog holes. Work centered on the fall and spring roundups, when scattered cattle were collected and driven to a place for branding, sorting for market, castrating, and in later years, dipping in vats to prevent tick fever.

African American cowboys, however, also had to survive discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice. The lives of these cowhands tell a story of skill and grit, as they did what was necessary to gain the trust and respect of those who controlled their destiny. That meant being the best—at roping, bronc busting, taming mustangs, calling the brands, controlling the remuda, or topping off horses.

From scattered courthouse records, writings, and interviews with a few of the African American cowhands who were part of the history of Texas, Sara R. Massey and a host of writers have retrieved the stories of a more diverse cattle industry than has been previously recorded.

Twenty-five writers here recount tales of African Americans such as Peter Martin, who hauled freight and assisted insurgents in a rebellion against the Mexican government while building a herd of cattle that allowed him to own (through a proxy) rental houses in town. Bose Ikard, a friend of Charles Goodnight, went on Goodnight's first cattle drive, opening the Goodnight-Loving Trail. Johanna July, a Black Seminole woman, had her own method of taming horses in the Rio Grande for the soldiers at Fort Duncan.

These cowhands, along with others across the state, had an important role that has been too long omitted from most history books.
By telling their stories, Black Cowboys of Texas provides an important contribution to Texas, Western, and African American history. SARA R. MASSEY is a curriculum specialist at the Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas at San Antonio.


Lee is the recipient of various accolades and leadership awards for outstanding contributions to America including:

National Leadership Award
Mrs. Laura Bush Coming Up Taller Award
National Endowment for the Humanities
Who’s’ Who of America
Inducted into the Distinguished Graduates of Harvey High School
Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO)
Outstanding Young American

To The Rescue: Lee Coffee & Associates works with a wide variety of organizations, companies and industries. 
Here is a partial list of satisfied customers:

American International Group (AIG), Retirement Services.  Houston, Texas.
Austin Community College.  Austin, Texas
Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH), Washington, D.C.
Blacks in Government (BIG), Washington, D.C.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Detroit, Michigan
City Museums; St. Louis, Missouri
Colonial Williamsburg; Williamsburg, Virginia
County of Bexar; San Antonio, Texas
Colorado History Museum, Denver, Colorado
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); Washington, D.C.
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute; Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Washington, D.C.
Fort Buford State Historic Site; Williston, North Dakota
Hasting African American Awareness Committee; Hasting, Nebraska
Human Relations/Equal Employment Opportunity Programs, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Institute of Texan Cultures; San Antonio, Texas
Lubrizol Corporation - Ohio
MonDak Historical & Art Society; Sidney, Montana
NAACP State Convention; Biloxi, Mississippi
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior; New Orleans, Louisiana
National Institute of Technology (NIT) San Antonio, Texas
Painesville City Local Schools; Painesville, Ohio
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum of Our National Heritage; Lexington, Massachusetts
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
Texas Comptrollers of Public Accounts; Austin, Texas
Texas Youth Commission (TYC). Austin, Texas.
United States Marine Corps; Kaneohe, Hawaii
United States Army; Vicenza, Italy
United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, Texas
University of Georgia; Augusta, Georgia
University of Incarnate Word; San Antonio, Texas
University of Texas; San Antonio, Texas
Watertown Correctional Facility; Watertown, New York

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