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.

 Transitioning Men Through the Devastation of Their Past to a Thriving Future


Program Housing 

Provide housing to men enrolled in program who are currently homeless and/or are unable to secure an approved address. Accept men who are ineligible to receive services from local shelters and transitional housing due to their past criminal records.  

  • Upon admittance men receive care package (sheets, pillow, blanket, towel, washcloth, 3-day food supply, and hygiene packet)
  • Men Receive transportation assistance for their initial reporting requirements and to secure identification

Individual Case Management 

Establish and monitor progress for re-entry milestones such as, but not limited to: helping men obtain proper identification from the SC Dept of Motor Vehicles, secure employment, and identify potential community resources to secure basic needs.

  • Collaborate with Alston Wilkes (Onsite Mondays & Wednesdays); Tri-County Family Ministries; SC Department of Mental Health; SC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation; MCC Unite (Veteran’s Program); employment agencies; churches; other supporting agencies and other non-profit organizations.

Mentorship Program                                    

His Way Ministries provides a weekly onsite mentorship meeting.


Mitigate Community Safety Risks (Work closely with law enforcement and Dr. Burke)

SC Probation, Parole and Pardon Services

US Probation, Parole and Pardon Services

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office

Specialized Onsite Professional Counseling (Provided by Dr. William Burke)


Cognitive Behavioral Skills: Teaching men to think, choose and build correctly                          

Dr. Carolyn Leaf, 21 Day Brain Detox™ Teaching Material 

   Healing of Damaged Emotions© and Healing of Memories©                      

Dr. David Seamands, Teaching Material

Teaching Men the Dignity of Meaningful Work: Becoming assets to employers   Jobs for Life™  

Celebrate Recovery® Christ-Centered 12 Step Study 

Brain on Porn Study 5 Proven Ways Pornography Warps Your Mind and 3 Biblical Ways to Renew It Covenant Eyes® 


 Christ Centered Teaching

  • Prayer and Worship that honors God, strengthens and encourages men
  • Restoring Men’s Dignity through experiencing love, forgiveness, and healing from God which aides in demolishing destructive thought and decision patterns
  • Teaching accountability and responsibility
  • Personal, individual discovery of plan, purpose and destiny (Teaching men to become assets to their community verses liabilities)

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 $120.00 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 and other agencies.