about us

Our Purpose

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 History

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.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower adults with disabilities to engage in their community through advocacy, employment, and education.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the highest quality of services to encourage their personal achievement.

Strategic goals/metrics for the next 5-10 years

Increase employment opportunities for individuals served by expanding our Community Employment services and programs.
  • Expand our services to other marginalized populations
  • By July of 2016, expand our geographical service area to include Kitsap and Thurston Counties.
  • Increase Division of Vocational Rehabilitiation services in Puyallup, Kent, and Federal Way
  • Increase school to work services
  • Serve more individuals in our in-kind caseload program.
  • By July of 2017, implement a system to conduct basic employment skills training for low income youth and adults.
  • Expand our services in King County
Expand and develop integrated programs for individuals served by expanding our Community Enrichment services and programs.
  • We accomplished our goal of becoming a Community Respite provider by January of 2016
  • By January of 2017, establish a Kiwanis Aktion club. (Learn more about Aktion clubs here)
  • By September of 2016, create a Client Ambassadors Club of individuals with disabilities with an interest in advocating for themselves and their peers in the community.
  • By September of 2017, obtain CARF accreditation in Community Integration
  • Expand services to other populations when possible.
Develop and improve the success of our social enterprise businesses.
  • Grounds and Janitorial:
    • By April of 2017, transition our grounds and janitorial group supported employment program to a social business venture by creating separate branding and collateral marking.
    • Identify current sites to be used for training purposes and integrate crews to enable us to increase our number of contracts.
    • Add debris hauling, parking lot stripping, window washing, gutter cleaning, holiday light hanging, and pressure washing to our commercial business services.
  • Hometown Dogs:
    • Develop and expand our relationships with local businesses and corporations.
    • We achieved our goal of developing a catering program for businesses and events by December of 2016.
    • Continue to conduct food service training courses and food handler’s training and testing.
  • Facility Rental: 
    • Develop and implement a facility rental agreement for local community members to utilize Centerforce’s event space for events and meetings.
  • By January of 2017, create a local community services center within our current facility, and provide copying, faxing, and notary services. Develop infrastructure to provide Washington Connection (SNAP, Medicaid, etc.) assistance as well as basic financial education services, such as budgeting, credit monitoring, savings, and asset building.