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Managing a nonprofit organization requires a variety of skills and experiences to succeed, and a leader can certainly be consumed by simply keeping their organization in motion. The best nonprofits, however, commit to a vision the exceeds the direct impact of their programs and services but also seeks to positively influence their communities at large. Karen Lee is a great example of a nonprofit leader just like that, as she...

Over the holidays, anxiety and stress often rises, especially for those that are struggling with substance use disorders and are homeless. Pioneer operates the Skagit Community Detox Center in Burlington, Washington, and the program director, Santana White (pictured left), shared a story of compassion and community partnership.

“They say ‘it takes a...

On December 24, 2020, our CEO, Karen Lee, was the featured guest on the The Official Do Good Better” podcast with Patrick Kirby as host. This podcast “helps your nonprofit do good--better!” Each episode features (fundraising expert, speaker, event creator and author) Patrick Kirby sharing the successes and challenges of nonprofits - and helping them...

Ryan has been a resident of Pioneer Human Services’ housing since 2017, starting out in our transitional housing at the Bruksos House on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The Seattle Resource Center was located in the Bruksos then, and Ryan visited with questions about applying for a permanent apartment with Pioneer. Ryan worked closely together with Peter Whitney, Pioneer’s social services coordinator operating the Resource Center,...

Our CEO, Karen Lee, was featured on Jeremy Ryan Slate's podcast "Creating a New Life." She was featured on December 4 on Jeremy's "Freestyle Friday." Listen to the podcast HERE. They discussed the barriers...

"It was surreal walking into PCN on my first day of work – completely in a different position. Here I was in the same program that changed my life, but now I was an employee!"

Katrina is a residential treatment specialist at Pioneer Center North (PCN) in Sedro-Woolley. PCN specializes in providing treatment for people who are struggling with substance use disorders...

Pioneer Human Services would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Vulcan Inc. for their generous sponsorship of the 2020 Change Maker Lunchtime Series at the Life Changer level. The work we do is made possible by long-term supporters like Vulcan, who power our mission. Vulcan has been striving to make our world a better place for over 30 years through advocacy, conservation, and...

Cody (pictured left) is a recent graduate of our Roadmap to Success (RTS) job-readiness training program in Seattle. Currently, Pioneer operates the program virtually via Zoom in Seattle and Spokane for the safety of the students. Staff shared his story on re-entering the workforce and striving to succeed.

When Cody was...

Kristi shared her path with us that led her to Pioneer Human Services after years of going in and out of jail, and struggling with a substance use disorder. She went through our residential treatment program, Pioneer Center North, in Sedro-Woolley; and our outpatient clinic, Pioneer Counseling-Phoenix Recovery Services, in Mount Vernon.

“No matter how far down you are with addiction – you...

The Snohomish County Youth Programs (SCYP) are comprised of three residential homes that serve boys between the ages of 13 to 18 years-old who are struggling with severe emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric problems. The Cypress House is one of three specialized residential programs that serves high-risk and adjudicated youth. 

Gabe was a resident of the Cypress House for close to three years...

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