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I got started a little late in life, I was 51 years old. When I was young and growing up I didn’t exactly have great role models. In my house it was considered OK to smoke cigarettes, drink, use drugs and commit crime; in fact, my parents had been in and out of jail more times than anyone I’d ever met.

I failed 7th and 8th...

In November of last year, Pioneer opened a 16-bed residential youth program called Pioneer Youth Center—J Street, in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. Boys and girls from the ages of 13 to 17 years old, experiencing abuse or neglect, or have had an unsuccessful transition in the foster care system, now have a place to live where their behavior can be stabilized, their academic achievement can be realized, and their...

"I am so proud of Natalie and the recovery efforts she has made since she entered Pioneer’s Tacoma housing program. It has been really rewarding watching her engage in both her recovery program and the community,” said Amanda Johnston, Pioneer Tacoma Housing program manager.

Natalie has struggled over the years with substance abuse and having a criminal record. A few years ago she...

"When I was released from prison my probation officer dropped me off at a homeless shelter in downtown Seattle. I was left alone to find a job and housing, and rebuild my life. I was dealing with a lot and the path out of my situation was not exactly easy to find." Thanh

Thanh grew up on the west coast in a family with two sisters and two brothers. When he was nine years old his...

Sometimes working with individuals who are struggling with substance abuse issues, and trying to pull their life together after incarceration, can be a real uphill challenge. Gary pushed himself to conquer that hill as he wanted to unite with his son and finally be the father that was inside of him,” said Israel Perez, former housing administrative coordinator, Pioneer Tacoma Housing.

Gary is now...

It is an honor to serve individuals who are working on turning their lives around after jail or prison. Recently one of our resident's at our housing program in Bellingham, City Gate Apartments, wrote a letter of thanks to Pioneer staff for assisting him during his time of transition.

 "I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to the City Gate staff and the opportunity for a better life. On July...

SAVE THE DATE - we are hiring for positions at the Snohomish County Diversion Center. Join us at Pioneer Human Services' Job Fair in Everett on Tuesday, February 27, 2018!

Positions we are hiring for include:
- Case Managers (Two Full-time Positions)
- EMT Leads (Multiple shifts, Full-time and Part-time – 12 hour shifts)...

We were asked recently, “How did a man who served time in jail, and struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues, become a civic-minded college graduate that is now an employee at a major corporation working his way up to his dream job?” The answer is that he worked hard and received the services he needed upon his release to include safe and affordable housing.

Securing affordable...

Listen to a few formerly incarcerated students in Pioneer Human Services' Roadmap to Success job-readiness training program talk about their experience in the program and what it offered HERE. The training program works with men and women navigating the barriers they face when transitioning back into our...

Looking for a change in your career? Join us at Pioneer Human Services' Job Fair in Seattle on Tuesday, February 13, 2018!

Highlights of the Event Include:

  • Generous sign-on bonuses for specific positions
  • The first 25 candidates to arrive on February 13 will receive gas gift cards.
  • Snacks and beverages will be...