Jail Ministry

Jail Volunteer Orientation

Catholic Religious Services at Washtenaw County Jail

Jail Volunteer Orientation 

"The Rules & Regulations of the Jail" will be presented by the Jail staff on the following dates.


UNFORTUNATELY, Access to the Washtenaw County Jail continues to be suspended until further notice.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office cannot commit to a date at which public access to the jail will be reinstated. 

2020-10-05  “The Washtenaw County Jail is still enforcing restrictions on visitors entering the facility.   We do not have a concrete date for when volunteers will be allowed back into the Washtenaw County Jail. We appreciate all of the services that are provided to our community members and we look forward to the day we can resume normal programming. ”  Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office 




Volunteers need attend only one Saturday orientation each year.

Saturday, ? _____ ?? __ ??, 2021 ??.

9:00AM - 11:00AM 
Orientations start at 9:00am and last two hours.
Any individual that arrives after 9:05am will be asked to attend the next orientation.  The orientations will be in the Superior Room of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) a building near the jail parking lot. The address is 4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

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All volunteers, ministers and priests are required to attend an orientation in order to have their clearance renewed and to gain clearance for the first time. Each individual is responsible for renewing their clearance status before the expiration date, which is included on your badge.  When you attend the orientation session you will provide your personal information and complete a Washtenaw County Professional Visitor and Volunteer Information Form for the Criminal History Check. 

New Catholic Volunteers are also expected to ask their parish office to send a "Letter of Good Standing" stating that you are an active Catholic member of the parish (similar to that required of Godparents before a Baptism).   The Letter may be emailed to [email protected] , or, mailed to: Scott Wright, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2150 Frieze Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

What do I do after this orientation?  From the orientation date it can take about three weeks before clearance is granted.  Plan ahead about three weeks when clearance should be granted to you and you should be free and clear to enter the jail to assist with the Catholic Religious Services and use our schedule/sign-upThe first time that you enter the jail on a Saturday morning, you will be greeted by Gary Roche, our lead/administrator of Catholic services, and he will hand you your new W.C.Jail I.D. badge right then and there.

Questions?  Contact Scott Wright [email protected] or (734-821-2121), at St. Francis Parish Office, Ann Arbor, MI  Or,  Gary Roche (734-646-0481), Administrator of Catholic Religious Services at Washtenaw County Jail.  

Created by:   St. Francis of Assisi Parish Office

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