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Causes: Family Services, Human Services

Mission: Shield Bearer promotes individual growth and development, preserves and enriches marriages, and strengthens and unites families.

Results: Shield Bearer serves over 16,000 people annually without regard to ability to pay. We have 5 locations in Houston including Cy Fair, Tomball/Magnolia, Katy/West Houston, Conroe/Montgomery, and Cypress Station/Greenspoint.

Target demographics: heal the hurting hearts of trauma survivors including survivors of natural disasters, sex trafficking, crime, abuse, war, and more.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 16,000

Geographic areas served: the Greater Houston Area

Programs: Professional counseling services without regard to ability to pay. School based prevention programs such as the Lindsay's Light Dating Violence Prevention Program, Full Throttle to Fatherhood, and Strong Fathers Strong Families. Community based prevention programs such as Life Together Forever Couples Workshops and Retreats, Relationships 101, Mother Daughter Strong, and Family and Marriage Education. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for clinical professionals.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an active volunteer for Shield Bearer and witness first hand all of the amazing work they do. Wonderful organization making a real difference in the communities it serves.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteering with Shield Bearer for about six years. One of the things I like about them is they can help those in need in a wide variety of areas. I decided to serve on the Board a couple of years ago because I love what they are about. I leave their office feeling good.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer is a wonderful organization that helps so many people in our community through counseling, education and "just being there" when needed.

Katherine D. L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was looking for a community organization that was focused on making a difference in individual lives, focused on building community through strengthening the families that live within our community, and focused on meeting these goals while expressing Christian values both organizationally and individually. That is a tall set of standards to meet, and Shield Bearer meets them all. Regardless of my own life circumstances and responsibilities, Shield Bearer has always opened doors for me to contribute to their mission by giving of my time, my talents, and my money. Never have I felt judged for what I could not do; rather, I leave every interaction with Shield Bearer feeling loved and valued.

Giving money is easy. Working for an organization is something most of us can do. Finding a place like Shield Bearer where you can give from your heart with trust is a rare gift these days. Thank you, Shield Bearer, for what you do for our communities, our families, and us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Shield Bearer a year ago, after a friend invited me to an appreciation event for the organization. I liked the information about the counselling services they provide for girls coming out of sex trafficking, for victims of abuse, for families needing help communicating with each other, and most recently, counselling those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I chose to go to a community breakfast for more information. I felt called to assist a nonprofit, but didn't know which one. Thanks to the information I received at the breakfast, I soon found our family needing the counselling services and we became clients. I was placed in Shield Bearer's path for a reason. As a client, I saw the tremendous benefits Shield Bearer provides to the Houston Area communities through their counselling services. My calling was answered that this is where I needed to focus my volunteer efforts. The welcoming hearts of the board members and other volunteers are exhilarating and infectious. The more I volunteer, the more I WANT to volunteer. I could not have asked for a better nonprofit to be affiliated with.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Shield Bearer for about six years. I started volunteering whenever I had time to help out. I love the great energy of Shield Bearer whether I am in the office or volunteering at an event. Those who are part of Shield Bearer have a caring spirit. The mission and purpose of Shield Bearer is why I joined the Board. I can volunteer with one organization and support the causes I believe in. I am about helping those who have and are serving in the military, building strong families and working with women. Shield Bearer not only does counseling but has preventative programs so they can work on become more aware individuals.

Keith25

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Shield Bearer for approximately 10 years and am now a board member with the company. Shield Bearer provides counseling for individuals suffering from traumatic events (such as sex trafficking) and for individuals contemplating divorce. It has been a pleasure working with the company, its board members, and its staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group of people working together to support the people of their community in as many ways as they possibly can. They are always willing to go the extra mile anytime someone is in need.

Thad C.

Advisor

Rating: 5

From the moment I first stepped in the front doors and met the Client Relation Specialists to meeting with the administration staff to meeting the many dedicated volunteers who donate their time, services, talents, and desire to serve and minister to the greater good of the community - I have been so impressed and humbled by the care and outpouring of generosity of spirit and commitment to extend grace, love, and mercy to all those who call upon Shield Bearer for help. Shield Bearer works hard to develop relationships with other organizations, individuals, businesses, churches, and agencies that are doing wonderful work in order to create a seamless synergy of work to heal hearts and propel all those in our community to living their best life. I am so grateful to have found this wonderful organization!

Cyndy Kendall J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Roy Wooten through a networking event and was touched by his caring message and hearing about the heart of Shield Bearer. It is such a wonderful part of the community, ready to help those in need of counseling with principles based on the Word of God. I have found that, unless people have had a need for their services, they may not know about their mission. I have invited them to speak at our networking group several times, and we have contributed to some of their fund-raising events. I am grateful that helping those who have served in the military is part of thier focus. Shield Bearer is a treasure to our community.

GTNW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers meets critical needs in our community. From counseling to training and advocacy, they excel in their industry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers is an excellent non profit serving our community in a big way. I love that they serve regardless of the clients ability to pay. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with and serve alongside this outstanding organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer is always ready at a moments notice to help anyone with counseling
I wish there was an organization like this when I was younger

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone that I have encountered at Shield Bearer has been amazing. The care that each volunteer and employee takes with their mission has such an impact on the lives of others. Locally led and funded, serving our community and healing hearts within our community is important work and I am proud any time I can point people to Shield Bearer where they can have a life changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with Shield Bearer over the last 6 years. The staff and counselors are exceptionaly informative and caring. From couples therapy,to human trafficking, and help with Harvey Shield Bearer goes out of their way to help. We are so lucky to have Shield Bearer in our area to Help Healing Hearts!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit does excellent work in the community for families in crisis.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of therapist and volunteers! Great non profit! Always there to help on the front lines before anyone else arrives. Giving from the heart!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with this amazing organization through various networking events I attended and had the opportunity to hear presentations by Roy Wooten or Melissa Rotholz. I knew I wanted to learn more about this group as they were located in my local community and I have the opportunity to meet people on a regular basis that are hurting, in need and could use their support and services. I attended a breakfast meeting and tour of their main location. I began to refer friends and clients to Shield Bearer and heard all the glowing feedback about how Shield Bearer was having a positive impact on their lives. I attended more fund raising events to show my support and touted their wonderful operations every chance I could. I then had the opportunity to join the board and it has allowed me to learn even more about the strategic plans for this growing non-profit in our communities. I can't wait to see where God leads these caring professionals next!

Shari Brown N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Shari Nightingale and I am a Board Member and a volunteer. My daughter was a victim of a murder suicide after ending an abusive relationship. A friend put me in touch with Roy, the Executive Director and after several meetings, we partnered to develop the Shield Bearer’s Lindsay's Light Dating Violence Prevention Program. I am the Director of the program. My other daughter and I go into schools, churches, community centers, student groups, community organizations, etc, educating about Dating Violence and telling my daughter’s story. The response has been overwhelming.

Rachel Mahaffey W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do amazing things for the community. Our organization has clients that were served by Sheild Bearer and enjoyed it.

Michelle Ou H.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Shield Bearer has worked tirelessly with victims of violent crimes and sex traffic and helped many families cope and heal. I really appreciate their hard work and Christian values.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Shield Bearer and cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization. They truly care about hurting individuals and families. Everyone I have come into contact with are genuine and kind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Shield Bearer for nearly 2 years. I love the way the support community and how they love every person who crosses their path. This organization is the true definition of what a non-profit organization should be with the love and ministry they give to others!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer is a great place to get the help from top counselors that you need to deal with what life throws at you. My son, Roy Wooten does not lead anyone astray. He can see in just a few minutes what you need to get you on your way to a better life. Only God knows all the good this non profit does for the Greater Houston Area.
Dean Wooten

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Shield Bearer because their staff and volunteers "Walk their Talk!" My interactions with this caring and giving staff far exceed expectations. Their counseling services and programs truly serve the hearts of struggling individuals and families with much compassion and caring. 1 John 3:18 reads: "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." (NIV) Serving as a volunteer I have personally seen how the organization has been and continues to be obedient to God's word. I find myself constantly encouraging hurting people, and others, who are looking for somewhere to volunteer their services, to contact Shield Bearer. Shield Bearer is certainly a Great Nonprofit organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never worked in a place where everyone is a Christian before and where waht we do is so so important to our clients. Everyone here is really really great at counseling. I don't counsel but in my job I get to meet some clients and I get to see the counselors concerns and love for helping them. I thank God that i get to work here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer is a blast to volunteer with. Melissa Rotholz and the rest of the team there make volunteering easy and fun. At the 5K, I met a few of the people they help and was so impressed with what Shield Bearer is doing to help them after the horrible things that happened to them. I recommend this nonprofit to volunteer for every chance you get.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a case manager at a local non-profit in Houston which serves survivors of human trafficking. Shield Bearer has been providing counseling to our clients for about a year and we've heard nothing but positive feedback from all of our clients. The counselors at Shield Bearer are trauma-informed and give each client the respect and dignity they deserve. Our clients have voiced how "relaxing" counseling is and how they appreciated being able to "get stuff off my chest." We will continue to utilize Shield Bearer in the future because of how much they care.

Cindy Brooks T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be part of the Shield Bearer team for over 5 years now and am still impressed with staff and volunteers belief in the mission and desire to provide counseling services to those in need. Keep up the good work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the incredibly gifted people God has assembled to serve in this vitally important nonprofit in North, West and Northwest Houston areas. It is an awesome organization that does what it says it does. I refer frequently.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer is the only agency that I know of that provides high-quality, skilled counseling and support to the Houston community without regard to ability to pay. They never want finances to be a reason someone doesn't get the help they need, and they will work with you to find a rate that is affordable for you. The counselors are highly trained, warm and caring, and able to address a wide-range of issues. Shield Bearer is a blessing throughout NW Houston with several locations: Main Office on Jones Road (77070), and satellite offices in West Houston (Barker-Cypress/West Little York), Tomball, Conroe , and Cypress Station (1960 and I-45).

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer is an outstanding organization. Not only does it provide excellent, high-quality professional services, it also provides healing to hearts and souls in pain. There is ministry done within those walls which changes lives. I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of Shield Bearer.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shield Bearers is always at the ready to help those in the need. From their programs and counseling services to assisting in the local community with support and education, they are always serving!

Anya Albert L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Shield Bearer for 3 year now. The programs they provide for the community are in desperate need by many. I personally have benefited from the Mother Daughter Strong Program which has strengthened my relationship with my teen and giver my teen valuable information as she navigates these precious years. I am also a supporter of their Celebration of Hope Awards Dinner. Whether you are are in need of services or looking for a non-profit doing amazing works, Shield Bearer is here for you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"The goal at Shield Bearer is to say "YES!" to anyone who needs our help."- Executive Director, Roy Wooten.

At Shield Bearer, I have worked as a donor, volunteer, and more recently, as a counselor in their offices. I have been a part of the Shield Bearer family for many years. When I met Roy, their executive director, I was invited to meet other staff, clients, and to attend fundraising events. Every person I met who was associated with Shield Bearer- Board, staff or client- was an inspiration. After going back to graduate school, I am now a licensed counselor and work for Shield Bearer. After working on the inside with staff and my fellow counselors, I can truly say that there is no finer organization of people who want to help others. And who make a real difference every day in our part of the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for, or volunteered for, non-profits for 35 years. Currently I am affiliated with three non-profits, one being Shield Bearer Counseling Centers. SBCC is an outstanding organization providing much needed services for individuals, couples and families. The environment at SBCC is professional and friendly. Any investment of time or finances by anyone provides a priceless return.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a counselor at Shield Bearer and have seen clients from all walks of life. I love working with a group of people who really care about the hearts of others and are dedicated to helping those who are hurting.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I choose to spend my time and efforts with this organization because I believe in their mission, and have seen first hand the dedication of their staff and volunteers. They make a real difference in the lives of people in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


I am honored to work for an organization that not only believes “strong communities are built by healthy families” yet understands that “healthy families have their strongest link in the marriage relationship.”

Shield Bearer continuously strives to heal “hurting hearts,” with a unique relationship-centered philosophy which has resulted in discernible, positive change with couples/marriages that expands outward in the family. There is a newfound family wholeness, and this felt sense then expands outward from the family into the community, in that the family takes an active interest with getting involved in philanthropic services.

With an understanding that strengthening marriages becomes an agent for positive change within the family unit, combined with an in-depth knowledge in evidence-based therapy models, such as Emotionally Focused Therapy and The Gottman Method, Shield Bearer’s counseling team has been able to improve and even “save” relationships from trajectories toward marital dissolution.

As a relationship therapist at Shield Bearer, I have seen that when couples learn how to heal from emotional wounds, nourish their love and honor one another’s dreams, they are better able to cultivate a culture of we-ness and experience a satisfying relationship. In turn, couples have a greater capacity to be conscious parents, to stay aware of their own past conditioning that keeps getting triggered. From both their individual and interpersonal growth, couples begin understanding how to better connect with their children and tune into their feelings, for example. Even more, as couples are learning how to accept their own uncomfortable feelings (e.g., feeling helpless or hurt)--which is a prerequisite in being able to respond to situations instead of becoming triggered and reactive—they then know better how to help their children sit with uncomfortable emotions and respond from an as is place.

Since the initial launch in 2005, Shield Bearer has remained true to their mission and overarching desire to help couples and families in a myriad of ways, such as offering marriage workshops, seminars, marriage intensives, couples and family counseling. In addition, the executive leader of the organization, Roy Wooten, has been working with his wife, Devra, for over 20 years, helping couples restore their love; and they have distilled the knowledge and insight gained from their professional avalanche experience into their book The Secret to Lifetime Love.

At Shield Bearer, our counseling staff shares a passion and enthusiasm for repairing marriages and relationships; we believe in cultivating a culture of togetherness—the same recipe for healthy relationships— and that parlays into a team of knowledgeable, empathic and skilled therapists.



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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the field of mental health for over 40 years, and have been at Shield Bearer for a little over 1 year. I am in awe everyday at the number of calls that come into Shield Bearer, requesting help!! The range of requests are coming from people with zero income to those who have no problem paying the maximum fee. Shield Bearer will not turn clients away due to their inability to pay. That to me is incredible in itself. Professional counseling is provided consistently in a safe, non-threatening, environment.

Pjones

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a blessing to work with such dedicated and caring staff that provide quality counseling services to those in need. Shield Bearer is always looking for ways to meet the needs of those most in need and that is the type of organization that I am proud to be a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a minister at a church. Constantly, we have members and visitors that need faith-based counseling. We at our church handle some of the issues. However, some of it is behind our expertise. The ONLY counseling center I refer people at our church to is Shield Bearer. They make it low cost and offer faith-based counseling upon request. They treat every client like they are the only one on earth. Everyone is special that walks through the doors and it's a very family feel of an environment. I fully recommend this non-profit counseling center!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer Counseling provides a very warm nurturing environment which allows clients the opportunity to overcome life's challenges. I love having a job that doesn't feel like a job but more of a calling in my life. I started working at Shield Bearer Counseling a little over 3 years ago, and I have noticed one thing that always remains a constant is their ability to always go above and beyond to ensure clients receive necessary counseling services despite their inability to pay. The Shield Bearer Counseling team is made up of experienced professionals with a wide variety of specialities and clinical knowledge. Thank you Shield Bearer for helping me grow professionally over the years!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been serving in a counseling role at Shield Bearer Counseling Center since 2011. I began as a graduate student intern and now continue as I complete my intern and associate hours. I love working at Shield Bearer. When a staff works together with such respect and harmony it is a good indication of how they are able to assist clients in working through their relationship issues. There is a warm and caring atmosphere that extends to clients and counselors alike. Shield Bearer is a place of kind and competent caring. I appreciate that we at Shield Bearer are respectful of our client's faith and if they desire, are open to including each individual's spiritual beliefs and practices as tools for growth and mental health. When necessary, Shield Bearer also willingly works with clients to provide counseling at a fee that is adjusted for their financial ability. Shield Bearer serves well a wide variety of client needs. I am honored to be a part of the Shield Bearer family and recommend our services to those in need of counseling assistance.

MaryLou S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer represents the best kind of non-profit mental health care provider because it is focused on those clients who need the most help! Special training opportunities have been secured so that the therapists can work with sex-trafficking survivors, those who feel hopeless, and marriages in great trouble. Those who are considering marriage are steered into the best direction so that they can be successful at the very beginning! And those who have chosen divorce are also helped to restructure the new family arrangement in the healthiest possible ways. I am proud to know the team and refer to them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working at Shield Bearer Counseling Centers! In fact, I drive from Clear Lake every Friday to serve clients. The mission is to provide quality mental health care at a fee the client can afford. I believe Shield Bearer Counseling Centers is over-achieving in this area. The staff is friendly and dedicated to the professional growth and development of the staff members who provide the clients care. I would recommend Shield Bearer Counseling Centers to potential clients and clinicians alike.

Amanda151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I volunteered for Shield Bearer Counseling Center, I was so touched by their support and passion for healing the souls (hearts) of people. I currently volunteer my services to assist with social media because this is an amazing organization! Shield Bearer Rocks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Shield Bearer in October 2012 when they needed a volunteer with my skills. I was immediately impressed with the staff and counselors. They have such a gift for caring - not only for their clients, but also for each other. I highly recommend you give Shield Bearer a call if you need help with a relationship, abuse or just life in general. 281-894-7222

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first two and a half years I was at Shield Bearer I was a volunteer. I volunteered my services as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Intern (LPC, I). It was such a rewarding experience. Now that I am an LPC, I chose to continue seeing clients because it is a truly wonderful establishment because all the therapists, volunteers, and staff have a gift when it comes to helping clients. There is a peace when I walk into the office, and I know that everyone is caring and family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shield Bearer has helped thousands of people, couples and families over its 9 years since opening. I am honored to volunteer my time, energy, prayers and donations to help people get the love, support and care they need. SB is willing to meet everyone where they are in their situation without letting a persons finances get in the way of receiving the high level of care everyone deserves. This requires more of us to help but in the end we get something in return.

Our Christian base keeps us grounded in what's most important, and we know God is with in all that we do. Many of our clients are not Christians or even have a faith base but our love for God compels us to help take care and assist everyone who needs it, regardless.

Our most recent work in the Humana trafficking area is work that we most do even more to help young woman get out of start to live fulfilling and productive lives. And, our work with children on several levels in the schools is another great area.

While I cannot mention all that SB is involved in, please join us in fighting for hearts of people.

Thanks.