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Pioneer’s CEO, Karen Lee, was recently interviewed by Emily Fox on KUOW FM on how Washington can help keep formerly incarcerated individuals from returning to prison. Karen Lee was recently appointed to the newly formed Washington State Reentry Council. Listen to the interview HERE.

Over the last...

The Dutch Shisler Service Center in downtown Seattle, one of our Treament Services, provides a safe and supportive sobering service for men and women who are inebriated and chronically homeless. The center is a place for individuals to get off the city streets, get sober and sleep instead of ending up in local jails and hospitals.

The center was originally called...

In honor of National Drug Court Month we wanted to share with you a note that a client in Pioneer Counseling Spokane shared with us about the drug court program.

“I am lucky to be in the drug court program at Pioneer Counseling Services in Spokane for many reasons. First off, the drug court...

The struggle with mental health is a common one as one in five Americans struggle with a mental health issue. It’s likely we all know someone who has this struggle and it’s important to remember that they’re not alone. There are always people going through something similar and there are always people who can help.

Pioneer helps by providing several mental health and substance use disorder programs...

“Over the past five years, I’ve been mentored and taught by some amazing individuals here at Pioneer who were formerly incarcerated. If I were an employer, I’d hire any of them in a second. The work here can be so varied and we get the opportunity to set up and own jobs from the start to the finish at PI. We are not just a machine operator – we learn all aspects of production.”...

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For Reentry Week we wanted to share another great story on how community members donate their time and volunteer their skills to help individuals make a successful transition back into our communities after incarceration.

Pioneer’s Helen B. Ratcliff House (HBR) in Seattle is now offering residents trauma-informed yoga! HBR is a work release serving women released from state prison or King County jail. Over the...

At the Bishop Lewis House state work release in Seattle, Pioneer is fortunate to have neighbors from the Skyline Retirement Center, who live across the street, volunteer their time to assist the residents with their reentry journey. We applaud all of our neighbors and partners who give their time to help men and women who were formerly incarcerated transition back into society.

As a community, it is important to come...

Pioneer is honoring National Reentry Week by engaging in many activities including sharing success stories, speaking at local events and writing columns on reentry for the media. Our VP of treatment and Reentry, Steve Woolworth, shared two columns with the Tacoma News Tribune and the...

Seattle Times
By Jerry Large

Pioneer wants to make some noise in favor of progress after prison.

When Karen Lee took the job as CEO of Pioneer Human Services five years ago, the large nonprofit had been a quiet presence in the community for years. Its low profile was intentional, but she wants Pioneer to step up and be a voice for the people it serves.

The core mission is helping...