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.

Centerforce’s Core Values

  • Fostering a culture of openness
  • Teamwork
  • Respect for the individual and valuing their gifts
  • Joy of work
  • Celebrating success
  • Live “out of the box”
  • Stewardship
  • Freedom of choice
  • Personal accountability

Centerforce Norms

  • Expect of yourself what you expect of others
  • Be respectfully honest in your interactions with others
  • When you bring a problem, if possible, come with ideas and participate in coming up with a solution
    • Share all the information you have
    • Help each other out
    • Bring a positive work attitude – focus on strengths
      • Friendly, not gossiping or complaining
      • Willing to say so if you are not feeling positive
      • Don’t take personal problems out on others
    • Provide good customer service – kind, friendly and helpful
    • Integrity – do what you say you’re going to do
    • Commit to core values and the mission
    • Address others directly when you have a problem and commit to resolution
      • Forgive mistakes, misunderstandings, mishaps
    • Be willing to hear, acknowledge and address issues
    • Understand your — and others — roles and job responsibilities
    • Be responsible with work time
      • Take appropriate breaks and lunches
      • Be respectful of others work time and commitments
      • Show up and leave on time
      • Don’t conduct personal business on work time
    • Keep others in the loop with changes
    • Provide feedback behaviorally, not judgmentally
    • Be professional in your interactions
      • Make eye contact when talking
      • Be polite