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 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. The program is under contract with Children’s Administration and provides Behavior Rehabilitation Services (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
  • Family intervention and reunification counseling
  • Community resource referrals to support reconciliation efforts
  • Behavior management and development programming
  • Coping skills, self-awareness and motivation groups

The program offers six Crisis Residential Center beds for the following:

  • Youth who are found in dangerous situations by law enforcement, or have a current runaway report made by their parent/guardian, or are in violation of a curfew ordinance
  • Youth who self-refer
  • Youth who are court ordered through the truancy process and there are safety concerns in the home
  • Youth who are dependents of federally recognized Tribes

And 12 Pioneer Receiving Center beds for the following:

  • 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 who exhibit high-risk behavior, have a runaway report, are found by law enforcement in dangerous circumstances or are in violation of a local curfew ordinance. Also, children are brought in by state social workers due to family conflict or if they are in need of placement.

How to apply

For the crisis residential beds, youth can only be referred by law enforcement, self-referral, the courts for truancy, and federally recognized Tribes. Law enforcement must exhaust all other potential placements including attempting to return the youth to parents/guardian. For the emergent placement services, youth are referred by Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Children and Family Services and social workers. Initial screening is done by phone with Spruce Street Staff and the DSHS Gatekeeper. Please call the director with questions or for more information at 206-587-0992.

Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, the Spruce Street Inn is a center for the co-located programs of the Spruce Street Crisis Residential Center (CRC) and the Pioneer Receiving Center (PRC). The Spruce Street CRC provides a safe place and residential services for at-risk youth who are in crisis and the PRC provides emergent placement services for youth that are short-term, emergent, and  temporary. The center offers services for up to 18 youth in coordination with Washington State’s Division of Children and Family Services and the Office of Homeless Youth within the Washington State Department of Commerce. Spruce Street is one of a few select programs in Seattle that provides services to “street youth”, chronic runaways, and commercially sexually exploited children.

The center was originally created as a result of the 1995 “Becca Bill” to increase protection for children, and to provide better tools for parents and law enforcement to manage at-risk youth. The bill created safe facilities where runaway teens could be detained for up to 15 days while efforts to reunite the youth with their families or a suitable placement could be found.

Youth between the ages of 12 through 17 are provided services at the Spruce Street Inn CRC for 360 hours (15-day limit) and 15 days (with the possibility of extending it to no more than 30 days) in the PRC. While at Spruce Street, a counselor works with the youth and his or her family to identify the source of conflict, rule out neglect or abuse, and develop a plan for reunification. During family mediation sessions, optional services are discussed to include an At-Risk Youth Petition, Child in Need of Services Petition, drug or alcohol treatment, or an alternate living arrangement with other family members. Community resources are also identified to help meet the family and the youth’s unique needs. The goal is to build a strong family and youth support system through the combination of staff support, family mediation efforts, and resource referrals that will lead to the youth returning home with a foundation to have long-term stability and positive change 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 Services 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