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The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announces the five-year anniversary of Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (FCE), Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 14.17. The ordinance, which went into effect on November 1, 2013, restricts how Seattle employers may use conviction and arrest records during the...

SEATTLE, WA, November 1, 2018 – Today, it is rare to hear about employees who spend their entire career at one company. Ahnetta Fields has spent over 47 years at Pioneer Human Services (Pioneer) in Seattle, and she came to Pioneer straight from prison. Pioneer is the largest and oldest nonprofit in the state of Washington focused on reentry and serving justice-involved individuals. The...

By the time he reached his forties, Brian had been to prison five times. As time progressed, he never even attempted to lead a life of sobriety. Each time Brian returned to prison, he would meet new individuals who were behind bars that weren’t great role models, and he would learn new anti-social behaviors. Brian went back into the community, time and time again with the self-acknowledged goal of returning to...

Mary Jo works at Pioneer Industries as a scheduler and shared with us her journey from addiction and incarceration - to having a healthy and productive life.


I don’t think my story is unique, but I’d like to give you an idea of where I came from, how I ended up in Pioneer’s Roadmap to...

Pioneer is very grateful to the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) for the rental subsidy award of 13 units in our Rialto Apartments building. This partnership will preserve these affordable units amid the shrinking downtown options for low-income households.  

THA issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) on August 6, 2018. The RFP offered rental subsidies to market rate and...

Pioneer advocates for a range of issues that remove barriers and increase opportunities for the people we serve. We believe that people have the ability to change and that a criminal record should not be a life sentence that bars people from becoming productive members of our communities. Read about what we advocate for HERE.

Pioneer's annual Change Maker Luncheon on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 was a great success with nearly five hundred in attendance and Michael Santos as our keynote speaker. Thanks to our community of supporters, this event was a show of support for individuals and families who are working to overcome the challenges of a criminal history....

My mind quickly changed because I saw how much the Roadmap workshop could actually help me and what the classes could offer me.”  Robert


Robert was born and raised in Rural Medical Lake, WA, on a farm with two younger sisters. Although this was a peaceful setting for someone to grow up in,...

September is Recovery Month and we are proud to share the successful journey of one of our employees who graduated from Drug Court and is now serving others struggling with their substance abuse.


When I graduated from Drug Court in Spokane I knew I wanted to become a chemical dependency professional...

The current mayor of a small town reached out to express his thanks to everyone at Pioneer Center North that helped him successfully achieve a life of sobriety almost 12 years ago. He shared a photo of his canine roommates and his recovery journey with us.


Life is an adventure and...