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Following are a few examples of our clients and employees success stories after incarceration and/or in their recovery process. Learn about the people we serve and the varied paths they have taken to lead successful lives. Be sure to check back as we add new stories on a monthly basis. Also check out our apprentice success stories!

Pictured Left: Marie Preftes-Arenz, clinical manager, Pioneer Parental and Adolescent Counseling Services  

A little over a year ago, Rick's* life was turned upside down when he was reported to the...

Gino works in Pioneer Industries' Quality Assurance department that inspects aerospace and commercial parts before shipment. He wrote a letter of thanks to our federal residential reentry staff for working with him and giving him...

Pioneer’s residential reentry centers serve as a bridge from incarceration to life in the community. The centers assist formerly incarcerated individuals with a successful...

Mentally and physically my outlook on life is a lot brighter.”  Patrick

Pictured Left: Mary Loquvam, coordinator, York Community Farm
Pictured Right: Patrick

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Pictured: Elizabeth Chambers, assistant director, Tamarack House -

Immigrating to a new country as a child is daunting enough—imagine then facing a host of severe emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric problems.

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Rachel’s story is an example of the positive impact that treatment and counseling services can have on an individual when community partners work together.

Most of Pioneer’s housing residents are struggling with...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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