Pioneer Human Services

An Effective Practice


Pioneer, a human services organization in Seattle, offers transitional employment and training opportunities to high-risk populations, particularly ex-offenders and former substance abusers. PHS uses a social enterprise model, successfully integrating the operation of self-supporting businesses with the provision of an array of client services. These businesses include a retail food service, a construction company, a distribution company, a hotel and two manufacturing plants.

Goal / Mission

Pioneer's mission is to improve the lives of people on the margins of society through and integrated array of services including housing, employment/training, treatment, counseling, and corrections.

Results / Accomplishments

A major study of Pioneer funded by the Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation concluded that 6.5 percent of Pioneer trainees had been reincarcerated two years after leaving work release, compared to 15.4 percent of a comparison group graduating from other work release programs. The study also found that the Pioneer group earned more money and worked more hours than the comparison group.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Larry Fehr
Pioneer Human Services
7440 West Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 766-7023
Economy / Employment
Education / Vocational & Adult Education
Public Safety / Corrections
Pioneer Human Services
Finance Project
Date of publication
Dec 2004
Seattle, WA