Shield Ministries is a 501(c) 3 Non-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Directors. Listed  are the board members. Dr. Rev. Louis A. B. Venable Jr., Chaplin (Col.) David O. Golden, USA (Ret.); Stacey Strickland; and Melodie A. Truluck, Secretary/Treasurer, Shield Ministries.

Founded by Rev. David and Mrs. Melodie Truluck, this ministry was birthed from a powerful, painful but life changing experience which created a vision for a struggling population without hope and extremely limited rehabilitative services.  

Sustain the Change Program

The Sustain the Change Program is a combination of faith based classes that have been proven effective which provides a comprehensive holistic approach to help men to think, choose, and build correctly.  The Sustain the Change Program scope of services was expanded to include transitional housing to meet the men's most basic need. Shield Ministries provides transitional housing for men enrolled in the program, who are homeless as a result of their addictions, PTSD, and/or past criminal record.  Weekly housing program fees of $110.00 per week are due each Friday in advance for the upcoming  week.

Applicants go through an  intake process in which restrictions and program rules are clearly communicated.  The intake process is designed to assess the individual's  basic needs and desire for personal  growth that will enable self-sufficiency. Housing is limited to those who are enrolled  and actively participate in the Shield Ministries Sustain the Change Program. Random drug testing is administered frequently. Random inspections are also made by Shield Ministries and by Probation, Pardon, & Parole Services.

Shield Ministries accepts referrals from local Probation, Pardon, and Parole  services, Veteran's Administration, Department of Corrections, Charleston County  Sheriff's Office, & Trident United Way.