Pioneer serves people released from prison or jail in Washington State, and those in recovery from addiction, who are in need of treatment, housing and job skills training. Our mission as a social enterprise is to provide individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.

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Labels Create Barriers

We believe that words are powerful and can be very stigmatizing and harmful when used to label our citizens who are or were formerly incarcerated. Let’s be clear, the individuals are first and foremost human beings!

We all need to remember that people released from prison or jail share common and descriptive names with everyone else in society to include: grandparent, parent, son and daughter, extended family member, friend, neighbor, colleague and employee. These are the only type of names that should ever be used to describe a person.

When talking about people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, here are labels to avoid and terms that are acceptable:

NEVER USE

Convict

ex-Con

Inmate

ex-Inmate

Offender

ex-Offender

Criminal

Prisoner

Felon

ex-Felon

Parolee

Probationer

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Every winter holiday season one of Pioneer's case managers, Ahnetta Fields, heads up the Pioneer Adopt-a-Child holiday gift program. Through generous contributions from donors, hundreds of gifts are purchased for....Read more >>

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"The moral support from Pioneer’s professionals and the financial assistance I received for my rent and other needs was a life saver when I was transitioning out of jail and concentrating on my recovery....Read more >>

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's that time of year for giving and in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we invite you to join many others on Tuesday, November 29th in a celebration of generosity. Please help Pioneer Human Services in our efforts to....Read more >>