Youth & Young Adults

Pioneer provides an array of specialized residential programs to serve youth, young adults and families in crisis, along with young adults who are incarcerated. We also provide programs for youth awaiting federal immigration hearings,  and diversion programs for youth involved in domestic violence. Our goal is to preserve families, if it is safe for the youth, and provide the tools and skills needed to prevent youth from entering the judicial system or from returning to it.

Awaiting Immigration Hearing

Program Manager
Selma Carson Home
619 54th Avenue E.
Tacoma, WA 98424
United States
  • Individual intake and assessment services
  • Access to routine and emergency medical care
  • Mental health care
  • Education and recreation
  • Classes on decision making and future planning skills
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Access to legal, religious and other social services
  • Educational assessment for future placements
  • Transition into community life

The Selma R. Carson Home (SRCH) is a 23-bed facility that serves undocumented and unaccompanied boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who are in the United States, and are, or will be, going through immigration proceedings. The youth have been apprehended by state or federal law enforcement and come from all across the country. The SRCH works with the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to assist in family reunification efforts.

Who is eligible

This program serves boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who are in the country illegally.

How to apply

Youth are referred by the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services, within the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Information for family members

For information about visitation, telephone calls, sending mail to residents, or any other questions, please call the program manager at 253-922-7005.


Behavioral Rehabilitation

Pioneer Youth Center - J Street
922 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
United States
Services Offered to Residents

At J Street, we are excited to work in collaboration with the ‘Kids At Hope’ philosophy, by implementing  evidenced based, strategic cultural model that reverses the belief of “youth being at risk” to “youth being at hope” paradigm. We believe that by establishing a holistic methodology that engages the family, school and community with appropriate therapeutic interventions, we can help support the success of all children and youth, without exception.

While residing at J Street youth can expect to participate in the following:

  • Education in a classroom setting that meets their individual needs or prepares them  for the workforce
  • Weekly therapeutic sessions with our in-house therapist
  • Therapeutic groups five days a week
  • Essential skill building groups
  • Social activities

J Street has a diverse team of staff from different cultural backgrounds with a variety of skills and experiences that meet the needs of the population of youth we serve and programs are designed to serve youth and their families in a safe and caring therapeutic learning environment.

Located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, Pioneer Youth Center - J Street provides Behavior Rehabilitation Services (BRS) for up to 16 youth, both male and female, 13-17 years of age who have experienced abuse or neglect, or have had an unsuccessful transition in the foster care system. The program is under contract with Children’s Administration and provides BRS, a temporary intensive wraparound support and treatment program, for youth with extremely high-level service needs. The services are used to safely stabilize youth and assist in achieving a permanent residence plan or a less intensive service. 

The desired outcomes for BRS services is to increase the child’s behavioral, school and and placement stability, and increase potential to reach permanency. A major focus is to develop necessary supports, which would allow the child to maintain or develop a permanent family connection and to reside in his/her own community in an identified permanent resource. A wide array of services can be provided under a BRS contract, ranging from short-term emergent care to a longer term that includes ongoing community services.

Recreational Opportunities

All youth residing at J Street will obtain a membership with the YMCA for physical recreation, and the People’s Community Center and the Public Library for social and learning programs.


All youth are referred into the J Street program by Children's Administration.



Family Intervention

Julia Armendariz
Family Intervention & Restorative Services
1211 East Alder Street
Seattle, WA 98122
United States
Who is eligible

This program serves both boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 17 who get arrested for DV3, DV4, and Assault 4.

Information for family members

For information about visitation, telephone calls, sending mail to residents, or any other questions, please call the program manager at 206-744-7373.

Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) is a non-secure 24/7 receiving facility with seven beds at the King County Youth Detention Center that eliminates the need for detention bookings on the majority of family violence cases. The program allows flexibility for families to receive respite services that are not tied to the criminal justice system and will greatly reduce formal charging.

The Step-Up team (Juvenile Probation Counselors and Social Workers) work with the families and youth resident in the center to determine when the resident will be eligible to go home and what services the family may need to continue a safe environment for the whole family. Residents in the center work with staff on coping skills, stress management, anger management and alternative communication styles. 

  • Coping skills
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Alternative communication styles
  • Individual intake and assessment services
  • Meetings with social worker or juvenile probation counselor
  • Access to legal, religious and other social services
  • Transition into community life
  • Alternative shelters (Youth Care, Spruce Street and Friends of Youth.)

In Crisis

Spruce Street Inn
1102 East Spruce Street
Seattle, WA 98122
United States
Services for youth and their families
  • Intake assessment and screening
  • Substance abuse and mental health screening and referral
  • Evaluation of youth and family for protective and risk factors
  • Community resource referrals to support reconciliation efforts
  • Behavior management and development programming
  • Coping skills, self-awareness and motivation groups

18 Emergent Placement Beds:

  • Referred by a DSHS Social Worker because youth requires emergency placement outside of their home
  • Youth in state care who have a disruption in their placement 
Who is eligible

Youth between the ages of 12 – 17 are eligible and need to be referred by Children's Administration. 


Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, the Pioneer Youth Center - Spruce Street is an 18-bed emergent placement residential program. Spruce Street provides a safe place and residential services for at-risk youth who are state-dependent and in the foster care system. The emergent placement services for youth are short-term and offered in coordination with Washington State’s Division of Children and Family Services.

Youth between the ages of 12 through 17 receive services at Spruce Street Inn with a 15-30 day limit. In coordination with the Childrens Administration, community resources are identified to meet the youth and family's unique needs. The goal is for youth to have long-term stability and positive influences within their lives.


In-Home Counseling

Program Manager
United States
Who is eligible

Children must be residing in the home or plan to reunify in the near future.

How to apply

Families must be referred by the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Children and Family Services.  Please call the program managers for more information:

Snohomish and Skagit Counties

Contact Program Manager: 425-766-6019

Pioneer's Parental and Adolescent Counseling Services (PACS) provides intensive services to preserve families that are at significant risk of having children removed from the home due to abuse, neglect or severe family conflict in Snohomish and Skagit Counties. We also support reunification of families that are currently separated due to an open dependency case. Our in-home counselors works with the parents and the children to identify specific barriers, challenges and needs. Each family learns to develop a plan and follow it. Goals are focused on specific issues the parents and/or youth need to address to realize positive change and move toward stability.

Focus areas
  • Placement prevention
  • Parenting assessment
  • Family reunification
  • Parental skill building
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Increase home safety
  • Problem solving

Severe Behavior

Director of Snohomish County Youth Programs
Pioneer Human Services
United States
Who is eligible

Cypress House – 13-18 yr. old males, serves adjudicated sex offenders, and youth with extreme behavior and mental health issues

Sequoia House – 14-18 yr. old males, serves youth with behavioral/psychiatric/sexual aggression problems

Tamarack House – 15-18 yr. old males, serves adjudicated sex offenders, and youth with extreme behavior and mental health issues

How to apply

Youth must be referred by the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Children and Family Services. Please call the Director of Snohomish County Youth Programs at Pioneer Human Services for more information at 360-659-9139.


Snohomish Youth Programs is comprised of three residential homes that serve boys between the ages of 13 to 18 years-old who are struggling with emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric problems. Residents may have demonstrated sexually aggressive or violent behavior, and in the Cypress and Tamarack Houses some youth are adjudicated sex offenders.

  • Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS) therapy
  • Counseling to help youth admit and take responsibility for actions
  • Classes to examine aggression, learn empathy and adopt appropriate responses
  • Structured daily schedule
  • Independent living skill classes
  • Individual and group therapy

Youth Reentry

Luis Gomez
Community Reentry Skills Center
1902 Milwaukee Way
Tacoma, WA 98421
United States

Prior to the job-readiness training, residents will engage in a cognitive behavioral curriculum that supports them with setting goals and building positive affirmations. Upon completion and based on their needs assessment, residents will proceed into the Roadmap to Success job-readiness and occupational training component, a 12-week program designed to prepare individuals for success in the workforce. The occupational training program is a pre-apprenticeship Manufacturing Academy that focuses on aerospace manufacturing.

Training Program includes:
  • Programming utilizing:
    • Cognitive behavioral programming
    • Substance abuse treatment
  • Reentry planning and life skills training and application
  • Financial literacy and money management
  • Roadmap to Success job-readiness program
  • Manufacturing Academy
  • Individualized education report

The Community Reentry Skills Center (CRSC) is a residential reentry program for young adults between the ages of 18-20 and is co-located in the Tacoma Residential Reentry Center. The facility currently assists residents transitioning back into the community through an array of programs to include job-readiness training, family rebuilding classes, treatment and counseling, resource services and job search assistance. The primary focus of the CRSC is to strengthen community reentry outcomes through employment readiness support, occupational training, cognitive-behavioral and substance use treatment and case management.

Program model

The CRSC program offers a model where young adults progress together in cohorts from orientation through the end of the training, while addressing the individualized needs of residents based on a Risk/Needs/Responsivity assessment.

Residents need a minimum of 12 weeks remaining on their sentence post-placement to complete the full cognitive behavioral, job-readiness and occupational training program sequence. If a resident is releasing regionally, the individual may remain at the program until the release date. Others will complete the job-readiness and occupational training program and then transfer to a community facility.