Chaplain Don Udell talks about his work at Midwest City jail

Chaplain Don Udell talks about his work at Midwest City jail


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WEBVTT RE UP-TO-DATE ON THELATEST FIRST ALERT FORECAST.ABIGAIL: WE ARE JOINED BY THEMIDWEST CITY POLICE CHIEF ANDCHAPLAIN.THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US.A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC WE WANTTO DISCUSS TODAY.CHAPLIN, WALK US THROUGH YOURROLE WITH MIDWEST CITY POLICE.>> I PRIMARILY SERVE AS THECHAPLAIN FOR THE JAIL.WE HAVE THE LARGEST MUNICIPALJAIL IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.GENERALLY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 20AND 40 INMATES IN OUR JAIL.MY JOB IS TO GO IN ANDADMINISTER EACH OF THE MEN ANDWOMEN HOUSED THERE.SECONDARILY, IF THERE IS A NEEDWITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT,ASSIST OFFICERS, WHATEVER ROLETHEY NEED TO PERFORM.ABIGAIL: DOES EVERY JAIL ACROSSOKLAHOMA HAVE A CHAPLAIN?>> THEY DON’T, IT DEPENDS ON THESIZE.WE ARE THE LARGEST MISSABLE JAILIN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.THEY DON’T HAVE CHAPLAIN FOR THEPOLICE OFFICERS, WHICH ISIMPORTANT.ABIGAIL: DO YOU GET MONEY FROMTHE CITY OR STATE TO PROVIDE THESERVICES, WHERE DOES THE MONEYCOME FROM FOR THIS?>> VOLUNTEER.DON IS OUR LEAD CHAPLAIN.HE HAS BEEN A VOLUNTEERPARTICIPANT.RECENTLY, WE WERE ABLE TO GETSOME PART-TIME MONEY TO OFFSETTHE EXPENDITURES.IT IS ALL BASED ON VOLUNTEER ANDDONATIONS.THAT IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORTODAY, TALKING ABOUT THEPROGRAM.WE SPEAK OF THE JUSTICE REFORMALL THE TIME.MIDWEST CITY IS DOING IT.YOU HAVE ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATION,MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, YOU ALSOHAVE THE SPIRITUAL COMPONENT,BUT YOU ALSO HAVE LPOVE.THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL ARE NOT BADPEOPLE BUT JUST MADE SOMEMISTAKES.DON DOES A FANTASTIC JOB, WEJUST HIM HAVE THE FINANCIALSUPPORT.ABIGAIL: TELL US ABOUT THEPEOPLE THAT YOU WORK WITH.ARE THEY BROKE IN, ARE THEYANGRY, ARE THEY CONFUSED?>> SO FAR, WE HAVE THREE YES’.ONE THING THAT THE CHIEF SAIDTHAT I WANT TO SHARE QUICK.WE HAD A MAN THAT WE WERECOUNSELING ABOUT THREE WEEKSAGO.WE WOULD MEET DAILY, TWICE AWEEK.ONE DAY, HE WAS HEADED BACKTOWARD THE CELL AREA.I SAID TO HIM, I LOVE YOU.HE STOPPED WITH HIS BACK TO ME,TURNED AROUND AND LOOKED AT MEAND SAID, WHAT DID YOU SAY?I SAID I JUST WANTED TO SAY ILOVE YOU.THIS IS A BIG GUY.HE WALKED UP TO ME AND GAVE ME AHUG AND SAID, NOBODY HAS SAIDTHAT TO ME BEFORE.WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT LOVE,SOMEBODY WHO CARES, THAT IS JUSTAN AMAZING STORY OF A MAN WHONEVER HEARD THAT.IT IS EMOTIONAL FOR ME EVEN TOTELL…

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