Our purpose is to promote and advocate for the general welfare of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; foster the development of programs on the individual’s behalf; aid the client, parents, and/or guardians in the solution of issues that arise; coordinate efforts and activities on their behalf; and cooperate with all public and private agencies and organizations in the furtherance of these ends.
Centerforce was initially started in 1968 by a group of parents who had children with disabilities that were leaving the public school system. 48 years ago, no one thought that someone with a disability could find work. This group of parents started, in a church, doing crafts and teaching basic living skills. In 1971, the group incorporated as a non-profit organization and became Pacific Care Center. Eventually, they shifted their focus to doing production and assembly work, and started a sheltered workshop program. As the years went by, programs and services were added to meet societal and economic needs of individuals with disabilities and now Centerforce is the largest provider of employment services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Pierce County.
Our mission is to empower adults with disabilities to engage in their community through advocacy, employment, and education.
Our vision is to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the highest quality of services to encourage their personal achievement.