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ChaplainsPierce County Corrections Inmate Programs
Pierce County Corrections provides a variety of opportunities to assist the inmates in custody and to enable them to enter the community with a more positive experience. 

Who We Are
Rich Odegard, Program Coordinator 
Rich began as a volunteer in 1994. With the expansion of the facilities, he became an associate chaplain serving that facility and later the Chaplaincy Director. Currently, Rich is the Program Coordinator for the Jail.
Bill Balmer, Associate Chaplain 
Bill actually began as a volunteer in 1955. He has served as Senior Chaplain and continues to volunteer as an associate. He also oversees the Emmaus Bible Correspondence Course. 
Other Volunteers also work in the Chaplaincy, Narcotics Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Chapliancy Services Provided                                    Other Services Provided
Our provided services include the following: 
  • Weekly Religious Services.
  • Correspondence study program.
  • Obtaining and distributing inspirational books and literature.
  • Processing attendance lists for various inmate programs.
  • Spiritual studies and visitation.
  • Personal and emergency crisis counseling.
  • Verifying and notifying inmates of illness and death of family members.
  • Assisting the Humane Society regarding inmates' animals.  
  • Help inmates connect with individuals, organizations and agencies providing after-care programs
              AA/NA Meetings
  • Volunteers Provide support in group settings along with AA/NA literature
              Eyeglass Assistance
  • Distributing reading glasses to indigent inmates
  • Opportunities are in the planning stages for Domestic Violence Prevention as well as expansion of current General Education Programs
              Religious Diets
  • We process special diet requests for religious and philosophical ideals
               Religious Items
  • We assist inmates in obtaining approved items relative to their worship      

For More Information
Learn more about the Programs by contacting the Program Coordinator at (253) 798-2960.
For all Chaplaincy Services please call 253-798-2187