Providence Health Care Awards Pioneer Human Services with Grant to Continue Support Service Enriched Housing Program in Spokane
Spokane, Washington — July 9, 2020 — Pioneer Human Services announced it was awarded a grant for $50,000 from Providence Health Care through its Community Investment program to assist in supporting an integrated approach to housing, behavioral health, and medical services at the Carlyle housing program in Spokane. The Carlyle provides service-enriched housing for individuals that face barriers to stable housing and employment due to having a conviction history.
“We are so grateful for Providence Health Care’s generosity in supporting our work so we can provide needed resident services for justice-involved individuals trying to rebuild their lives in the community,” said Karen Lee, CEO of Pioneer Human Services. Lee added, “This grant enables us to provide onsite services and activities to enrich our residents’ lives and guide them on the path to becoming productive citizens.”
Pioneer’s team members evaluate the Carlyle’s outcomes to ensure the program is providing the support needed. In the last evaluation, it was reported that residents experienced an increase in housing stability, along with increased engagement in treatment and overall improved health that gave them feelings of hope about their future. Additionally, as the residents engaged in more services, unnecessary emergency room use decreased saving taxpayer money and recidivism rates lowered creating a safer community.
“It is so important that our residents have services that are accessible and this grant enables us to provide services within our housing community,” said Brenda Graham, Carlyle director. “Our staff works hard to establish trusted relationships with our residents and to keep them engaged in reaching their goals towards improving their life,” Graham added.
About the Carlyle
The Carlyle is located at 206 S. Post Street in the historic former Carlyle Hotel in downtown Spokane. The affordable multi-family housing program provides studio and one-bedroom apartments with permanent supportive housing services offered onsite, and an interim housing program for veterans experiencing homelessness. The Carlyle promotes an environment conducive to recovery and is a low-barrier housing program for individuals with conviction histories.
About Pioneer Human Services
Pioneer is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides justice-involved individuals with an array of treatment, housing and employment services to help them transition into the community and build healthy, productive lives. The organization started as a single halfway house in Seattle in 1963 and now provides services in over 50 locations across Washington state.
As a social enterprise, Pioneer also operates a diverse line of businesses to provide on-the-job training and work experience, while generating revenue to help fund its social mission. In 2019, 69 percent of Pioneer’s enterprise workforce had a conviction history or was in recovery.