Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

– Proverbs 11:14

Residential programs serving the exploited face a significant number of legal challenges and may, on occasion, need the support and counsel of a qualified, and like-minded attorney. Shield Bearers are a network of committed Christians who practice law in a variety of areas, and across the United States. They come together under the Institute for Shelter Care to provide pro-bono or low-cost legal services to affiliated shelters in the following areas, and more:

  • Family law
  • Juvenile justice
  • Criminal law
  • Religious liberty
  • Tax and compliance
  • Real estate
  • Contract law
  • Planned giving


There are very few organizations that provide the need that the Institute for Shelter Care provides. Their “model” of doing should be replicated 10,000 times over because the need is that great; & what they provide meets that need.

General Member of the Public

This team is the real deal. They approach their work with passion, excellence, and joy. The Institute for Shelter Care is providing critical support to anti-trafficking shelters that will ensure individuals healing from sex trafficking receive the best care possible!

Professional with expertise in this field 2021

I have admired and prayed for this organization for more than a decade! They are real, smart, generous to their calling and selfless in their approach to trafficked women! They create hope and new beginnings! Can’t say enough about this amazing team of committed people!


To serve as a Shield Bearer, you must be an attorney barred in your state, submitted to Biblical principles, and versed in one of these areas of need. To learn more, please contact:

Clinton J Elliott
Doane & Elliott, PSC, Attorneys & Counselors at Law
(c) 502-931-2251

If you are a shelter program facing a legal question or challenge, please reach out to us. In many cases, we can connect you to a Shield Bearer in your area. Through the Institute for Shelter Care’s John I. McKenna Legacy Fund, we may also be able to off-set some of your direct legal expenses.

If you are seeking legal services for a survivor, we encourage you to contact the Joseph Project