Honoring the Joy and Grief of Mother’s Day

As we approach Mother’s Day, and celebrate those very special people in our lives, it’s important to understand, and remember, that not everyone can celebrate in-person with their parent. Likewise, some parents aren’t able to celebrate with their children. With this, it’s important to note that loss comes in many forms, and sometimes it’s not…

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March Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Training Coordinator, MaryKate Lesar, for being voted in by her peers as Employee of the Month for March! MaryKate has been with VSS since February 1, 2021. She works under the special training grant VSS was awarded back in January.  Under this grant, MaryKate coordinates and plans all training series that we host…

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Supporting Victims of Crime

By: MaryKate LesarFor those who directly and indirectly become a victim of crime, life as they know it may be forever altered. Life may lose the meaning it once had and the ability to cope may become a great challenge. Being a victim of a crime isn’t a one size fits all and it often…

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February Employee of the Month

VSS is recognizing Leslie McPherson as Employee of the Month for February! Leslie started her journey at VSS almost 8 years ago as a volunteer, and was quickly thereafter brought on to the team as a full-time employee. Her passion for the work, combined with her widespread skill set and grit, led her to wearing…

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April Pet of the Month

April’s Pet of the Month goes to Frank (Sinatra)! Frank is known to VSS staff as the ‘Fun Coordinator’. When staff worked in office (pre-Covid), Frank would come in and greet everyone, sleep under desks, and show his sweet face if someone was eating hoping to get some yummy scraps. Most importantly, he has always…

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March Pet of the Month

March’s Pet of the Month goes to Walker! This blue eyed boy has been the Pet of the Month in the hearts of his parents since day one, but today he is being officially recognized by VSS for all his good boy deeds. While his breed is still a mystery, Walker himself if not. There…

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January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to our January employee of the month, Jennifer!  Jennifer was originally hired, in February 2019, as our Information & Referral Specialist for Island County. She helped get The Tompkins Project up and running, and made sure it was successful while we had that grant. In July 2020, Jennifer was offered the position of Volunteer…

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