Three men graduated the Program in 2017 with 4 more completing all program requirements pending Graduation Ceremony in 2018.  The average time to complete all the classes in the Sustain the Change Program is between 18 and 24 months.

Shield Ministries has shared the love of Christ with over 103 applicants in 2017. Annual enrollment was 85 men

"I had no where else to go." 
Shield Ministries ministers to men on the Sex Offenders Registry, men coming out of substance abuse, and men who are chronically homeless.  Men on the Registry who have no approved address are held in jail and they literally have no where else to go as the majority of housing services do not accept these men.

From hopeless to hopeful, 67 of the 85 men who were admitted to the program, required stabilization upon entrance. This includes getting basic needs met along with securing  proper Identification required for employment.   The Shield Ministries Program Director helped men set and meet goals during the re-entry process. Setting these goals have proven to aide in successful re-entry.  Ministry Support Services included 213 rides to agencies during the stabilization process.  1,701 meals were distributed from the food pantry and through donated cooked and meals.  

Three men graduated the Program in 2017 with 4 more completing all program requirements pending Graduation Ceremony in 2018.  The average time to complete all the classes in the Sustain the Change Program is between 18 and 24 months.

Shawn's Story

Shawn Rollerson is one of the most recent graduates of the Sustain the Change Program.  Shawn shares, "I did  not ever think that it would feel this good to take responsibility.  I feel such satisfaction in paying my bills and taking care of my family." 

Shawn learned and applied what he learned from the Jobs for Life Program where men are prepared for meaningful work through honest relationships, mentoring, work-force development training, and an ongoing community of support.

Shawn often shares with the other men in the Program, "At first I I did not see the value in the classes, I was tired after working all day, but the more I attended the more I came to realize that I needed them and that I need to be held accountable. I am truly blessed as God has taught me how to think positively which helps me make the right choices.  God has blessed me with my beautiful wife, Nicole, my children, and a full-time job with benefits."  

 Pictured below Pastor David Truluck with 2017 Graduate Shawn Rollerson.

COL Chaplain David Golden (Ret.) US Army, Board of Trustee Member and facilitator of Healing of Damaged Emotions/Memories (pictured on the right) salutes 2017 graduate Charles Wheat, veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, during his graduation ceremony.  Charles shares that this class was a special blessing.  The Lord prepared Charles for restoration with his family. Charles was successfully able to secure housing in his home state because he was a graduate of the Sustain the Change Program.

Brain Stephenson

"I had no hope" Brian, a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, shares remembering when he first entered the program.  He attended the classes because of the requirement but then he began to listen and apply what he learned.  Brian shares his testimony often of how applying what he learned in the Brain Detox class taught him to trust in the Lord for Wisdom.  "The class taught me to pray and worship as I encountered God."  Through one of his earliest encounters, God directed Brian how and what to study for in his college class that he was struggling in.  Brian is now on the Dean's List at Trident Technical College and will graduate this semester. Brian pictured below proudly displaying his Dean's List Certificate.