World Relief seeks to connect volunteers from local churches with immigrant detainees who participate in Christian worship services conducted by World Relief at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA. The goal is to serve detainees in Word and Deed, helping them to grow in faith in Christ and walking alongside them as they experience detention.


  • Visit and/or write to detainees at least 3 times per month (minimum 3 month commitment)

  • Build relationship with detainees through window visits at the NWDC and/or correspondence, focusing on spiritual encouragement and emotional support

  • Pray for detainees

  • Provide a listening ear to detinees as they face difficulty or uncertainty related to detention, separation from family and community, or deportation proceedings

  • Support the spiritual growth of detainees through Bible study, prayer, and personal testimony.

  • Promote Jesus Christ and the Church as a whole by highlighting Christian unity rather than promoting any denomination, church, or specific doctrine.

  • Communicate consistently with the Discipleship Coordinator about volunteer activities and detainee needs


  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ and regular participation in a local Christian church

  • Attend a "Ministry Orientation" (volunteer training), read policy manual, and meet with the Discipleship Coordinator prior to starting service

  • Must be 21 years of age (younger volunteers may volunteer in pairs)

  • Pass a Criminal Background Check

  • Record and report monthly volunteer hours served, as detailed in the orientation

  • Sensitivity to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds

  • Demonstrate patience, understanding, and flexibilty

  • Follow World Relief volunteer guidelines and respect policies of the NWDC facility

  • Legal immigration status is necessary for visitation (it is not necessary for correspondence)

For more information, or to request an application contact:

Discipleship Coordinator- Jose Luis Bonilla (253) 277-1121 ext. 240