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Outreach Projects

Below are listed a number of possibilities for parishioners to become involved in minisistries that serve people outside our parish membership. 

Two Opportunities for Outreach in Immigration Ministry

Volunteers needed to lead Communion Services
at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

      a request from Esmeralda Santos

As a Volunteer Coordinator for the Catholic Church Services at the NWDC, I would like to share with you the need for more volunteers to   help in this wonderful ministry. We currently offer the Communion Services only in Spanish and we would like to offer them in English also.

Because we don't have enough volunteers to cover all the 7 Services we do a week, we are unable to offer English Services, therefore we desperately need more volunteers that speak English and/or Spanish.

We offer 3 Services on Sundays starting at 1:00 pm,  2 Services on Mondays starting at 5:30 pm, and 2 Services on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm.  Each service is about 50 minutes with a 10 minute turn over time.

Anyone who is interested must be able to pass a background check by ICE and attend a formal training by Chaplain Keith Henderson, a GEO Employee.

Chaplain Henderson offers approximately 4 trainings per year for new volunteers.

Also, the Seattle Archdiocese requires additional Called to Protect trainings and a background check. 

If you are interested please contact me Esmeralda Saltos at or call 253-282-7760.

Volunteers needed for the "Welcome Center"
 at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

Volunteers are needed to assist with a unique ministry to people who have been detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.  On July 15, 2015 Bishop Elizondo blessed and dedicated a mobile home as a new “Welcome Center” equipped to assist people who have no family or friends nearby when released from the Detention Center (about 10% of the population).

The Welcome Center is in need of volunteers (bilingual preferred, but anyone is welcome) to help run the Center  3:00PM – 7:00PM daily. The Center also is accepting donations of supplies to stock the shelves: water bottles, coffee, sugar, juice, instant soup, etc.  Gifts of clothing will be graciously received Because many of the people are released with only the clothes they were wearing when detained.  Monetary donations will be used to purchase bus passes, food vouchers, and additional supplies.

For more information contact Esmeralda at 253-282-7760 or send an email to

Youth Outreach | Mission Trip

Youth Outreach Mission Trip 2017 to Tijuana Mexico is scheduled for the the week of August 6-12. Teens currently in grades 9-12 are invited to join the group. Participants are required to make a strong commitment to the preparation process, including extensive fundraising. Annarose O'Brien-Wilson, the Youth Minister at St. Louise Parish in Bellevue, is working with us throughout the process.  Annarose has experience with the Esperanza program and has invited us to travel with her group from St. Louise.

For more information contact Rosemary at the Parish Office,

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers Provide a Special Kind of Caring

The CHI Franciscan hospice volunteer program is always looking for volunteers to enhance the compassionate care we offer our hospice patients and families.

Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care exists to affirm life and give meaning to death. We work together as a team of professionals and volunteers to discover and meet the unique needs of hospice patients and their families, providing them with both practical and emotional support.

Qualified volunteers must:

  • be available to volunteer up to four hours a week for one year
  • have the ability to listen with empathy and without judgment
  • have respect for all people no matter their creed, culture, gender or lifestyle
  • maintain confidentiality
  • complete the screening, training, reporting and ongoing education required of all volunteers

To request information call 253-534-7000 or complete the "Become a Volunteer" form and mail it to us at: Volunteer Services, Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466-4631.

Catholic Community Services Needs Foster Parents!

At CCS our goal is to provide children in foster care with a safe, stable, and loving place to call home while their family works to reunify and bring their children home. Children and families involved with the foster care system have experienced trauma. At CCS we focus on minimizing that trauma and moving the family more quickly towards resolution. Further, we focus on minimizing the number of placement changes, or moves, that a child in foster care experiences. We work diligently to support our foster families as they help the children in their care through this difficult time in their lives. Ideally, we are able to place children in foster families within their own communities. This enables them to remain in familiar surroundings and most importantly to stay in their own schools.

What We Need:
We need families that are willing to open their hearts and their homes to a child in need. In 2013 there were 9326 children in foster care in Washington State alone. There are not enough foster homes in our state to adequately provide stable placements for every child in care. As a state, as a community, as an organization we believe we can do better but we need your help.

What You Can Do:
Call us today at 253-502-2650. We are looking for loving, caring adults who are willing to become licensed foster parents. Given the diversity of our programs we are almost certain to be able to find one that would interest you.

Volunteers Needed at Pierce County Jail

The Catholic Detention Ministry of Pierce County Deanery seeks faith-filled Catholic women and men who are willing to devote 1 – 4 evenings per month to leading Bible Studies based on the Sunday Readings with the women and men who are incarcerated at the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma.  Training and support provided. Background check required.
For more information contact Deacon Jim Fish at Holy Rosary Parish in Tacoma  253-759-3368 or

Sharing the Rosary with those in need

Are you interested in joining a group to pray the Rosary in local Nursing Homes? If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please call Margaret Warden 253-318-2269 to get more information.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Prayer Line Ministry

This is a group of volunteers that provides prayer support to our parishioners when loved ones, friends or coworkers are in need of prayer and helping them through a time of need. If you are in need of prayer or know someone who needs prayers please contact Elaine DeRosier.

Looking for a long-term Volunteer Opportunity?

Would you like to make a difference in your community, the country, or the world?  Do you want to serve those in need and work for social justice?  With more than 200 programs and thousands of opportunities, RESPONSE 2016, the most comprehensive guide of faith-based service opportunities is still available – and it’s free.  Volunteers serve full-time for periods of one week to one year or more across the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide.  Summer and school break opportunities are also available.  Our volunteers are from all walks of life – from high school to senior citizens and every stage in between.  Positions are available for both single and married volunteers, including those with children. For more information: Call (800)543-5046 or email - You can visit us at