Pioneer serves people released from prison or jail in Washington State, and those in recovery from addiction, who are in need of treatment, housing and job skills training. Our mission as a social enterprise is to provide individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.

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Labels Create Barriers

We believe that words are powerful and can be very stigmatizing and harmful when used to label our citizens who are or were formerly incarcerated. Let’s be clear, the individuals are first and foremost human beings!

We all need to remember that people released from prison or jail share common and descriptive names with everyone else in society to include: grandparent, parent, son and daughter, extended family member, friend, neighbor, colleague and employee. These are the only type of names that should ever be used to describe a person.

When talking about people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, here are labels to avoid and terms that are acceptable:

NEVER USE

Convict

ex-Con

Inmate

ex-Inmate

Offender

ex-Offender

Criminal

Prisoner

Felon

ex-Felon

Parolee

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Laura has come full circle with Pioneer Human Services. Several years ago she was referred into Pioneer Center North (PCN) to treat her chronic substance abuse issues, and this summer she is going to be working at PCN,....Read more >>

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 program assists residents....Read more >>

Read Richard's story on the power of giving back, and the vital role that housing plays when an individual is trying to turn his/her life around after prison. -----------------------------------------------------....Read more >>