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Catherine was broken. She experienced a violent home life and had been diagnosed with mental health issues. In addition, she struggled with a substance use disorder and had to face having a criminal record.  When she was unable to maintain stable housing in Hawaii, Catherine decided to move to Washington State to be near her daughter and grandchildren. She settled in pretty well as she adjusted to the cooler weather in...

Towards the end of Jeff's eight-year incarceration, he made a commitment to himself. Jeff would not be returning to prison, and he would not be homeless ever again.

Having met with counselors while incarcerated, Jeff was well aware of the waiting lists for housing in Seattle upon release. Jeff read a brochure on Pioneer Human Services in the counselor’s office, and enrolled at FareStart, a culinary training...

We love our donors, especially when they find creative ways to support and advocate for our clients.

Priya became connected to Pioneer's mission and our efforts at our film screening of Beyond the Wall at the Seattle Public Library. She has continued to support us in many ways but her most recent...

"Working at Pioneer has opened my eyes to the stereotypes that society has spread about formerly incarcerated people. I can tell you that 64 percent of our enterprise workforce has a criminal history or is in recovery and they are very professional, skilled and work harder than the average hire.  Arturo...

If anyone takes anything away from this, I would hope that it would be that you should never give up on yourself! With hard work and persistence, you too, can achieve any goals you put your mind to; so just be patient, your time will come.”  Doug

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Doug was born and raised in Spokane,...

Pioneer Industries was awarded the Employer of the Year Award from the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) at their annual community event on November 2, 2017. Pioneer's board of directors' secretary, Dick Zais, accepted the award.

The Employer of the Year award goes to an employer who is involved with SJI’s program through hosting interns, hiring graduates, providing...

Les Mayhall, Pioneer Industries' production manager, gave a group of the International Community Corrections Association conference attendees in ...

Last Wednesday, Pioneer welcomed hundreds of community members to our annual Change Maker luncheon. It was a day of inspirational stories, thought provoking ideas and support for individuals rebuilding their lives after incarceration. We shared the story of our work with the community and heard from guest speaker Andrea James, founder of the National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly...

Thanks to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for interviewing Karen, Lee, CEO of Pioneer Human Services and writing the following on their Facebook page: @kcprosecutor

There were so many hoops to jump through coming out of prison. Karen Lee had an identification card but no driver’s license. She needed to drive to work, but she didn’t have an income from a job to pay for a...

We have several clients at our Pioneer Counseling - Rainier Clinic in Seattle who are transitioning from homelessness to their first home and are in desperate need of supplies. Imagine coming out of a situation such as homelessness with nothing but the clothes on your back and no resources to buy basic necessities. We are currently looking for donations to help these individuals get back on their feet.

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