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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Welcome, MaryKate!

Victim Support Services is pleased to welcome one of our newest members to the team, MaryKate! MaryKate is our Training Coordinator who will be assisting the Training and Education department, by coordinating trainings that we offer to crime victim advocates in the state of Washington. VSS will be providing a series of training opportunities to…

Read More

The Latest on VSS

Victim Support Services is excited to announce that we have been awarded a specialized training grant! Over the next five months, VSS will be coordinating and facilitating a series of trainings to crime victim advocates in Washington State to help increase their knowledge and awareness and to enhance their skills to provide trauma-informed, person-centered, culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate support…

Read More

February Pet of the Month

Petrie is February’s Pet of the Month! Now, the permanent scars on Mom’s arms might beg to differ that Petrie is deserving of Pet of the Month, but there is a lot more to this kitty than the occasional rough housing (which he learned from his older dog siblings).  A very important point to make before we…

Read More

How to Support our Loved Ones who are Grieving

Written by: VSS Victim Services Coordinator, Melissa Isenhart Most, if not all of us, at some point in our lives, will know someone who is grieving a loss. Losses come in many shapes and forms and our connections to them may be peripheral or intimate. You may have experienced a time when you were trying…

Read More