Before You Ring in the New Year…

2021 proved to be a trying time for VSS and victim services across the country. However, we here at VSS believe that there is still some time left to try and put a positive spin on a year that challenged us all.

We can’t do what we do without your support. Thank you to everyone who has rallied behind us and never gave up hope. Wishing you an abundance of health and happiness in the New Year!


You can donate online or send a check to:
P.O. Box 1949, Everett, WA, 98206


***Names have been changed to protect client identity***

Jake’s home was recently destroyed when another tenant in his apartment complex set fire to it. A Victim Service Coordinator was able to assist Jake and his family navigate the judicial system and provided numerous resources to the family to help provide them with a measure of safety and security after such a traumatic event. A few months later, Jake’s business was then a target of arson. Jake’s place of business was also a gathering spot for many folks in his community, so the arson not only impacted the business owners, but also community members.

Because of the relationship VSS had previously built with Jake and his family, he reached back out to us for additional support after the second fire. With the ongoing support of VSS, Jake has decided to make repairs to his business and open it back up.

Put yourself in Jake’s shoes for a second… Imagine experiencing two back-to-back traumatic and unforeseen events, and losing all of your life’s work and sentimental belongings. Imagine having to start over with nothing but the clothes on your back. Do you know where you would go, whom you would call, what steps you would need to take to even begin searching for a new normal? Crime victims (survivors) have often experienced an ordeal that has changed their lives. It is not uncommon for a person to have intensified fears, and even a shattered faith in humankind post-victimization. The last thing a person wants to think about after a tragic experience is how to navigate the workings of an unfamiliar criminal justice system.

The 2020 annual crime report by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) revealed that during a year of national turmoil marked by a pandemic with lockdowns, mass violence and protests; Washington State saw an overall spike in crime, with an increase of 47% in homicide, 14% in property crimes, 100% increase in manslaughter, and 131% in Fraud.

I recognize that in today’s world we are flooded with statistics about one thing or the next. I implore you, as you read this, to imagine that these are not just numbers. Each and every number that makes up these statistics is an INDIVIDUAL – a real person who has been hurt or harmed through no fault of their own. A person who woke up one day and carried on with their normal routine, just as most of us do, completely unaware that their lives were going to be turned upside down and changed forever. This person could be any of us, on any day, at any time.

The need for programs that exist to assist victims after experiencing personal tragedy is greater than ever!

Yet the victim services field is being challenged anew by a steadily increasing need for services and drastic funding cuts that necessitate innovative strategies, practices, and partnerships in order to continue providing professional and accessible victim-centered services. VSS’s work is an integral part of upholding justice for crime victims and ensuring that they receive the help they so urgently need.



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"With the help of VSS, you are empowered and encouraged to fight back and be pro-active. Then your conscience can be more at peace because you know you have taken some action to protest crimes inflicted on your loved one. It is sometimes your only consolation."

“The one takeaway for me in working with VSS is that it is a necessary organization. I know they are funded by grants and fundraisers but it’s something we need to make sure as a community that they have the funding needed because what they do for people in need doesn’t happen anywhere else. This is the only place that this happens and VSS helps with so many things.”

David Rose

Anchor, Q13 News and Host, Washington’s Most Wanted

“VSS is there when the unthinkable happens.  When a police officer knocks on your door and gives you tragic news, VSS helps navigate the court system, which can be very confusing. VSS is compassion, caring, and commitment. Commitment to once justice is done that victims and their families can move forward with their lives.”

Jennifer Gregerson

Mayor, City of Mukilteo

“VSS has been our partner in recovery and healing and a key part in what makes Mukilteo Strong. VSS has been a trusted advocate for the victims that have suffered so much in the community.  I’m so grateful to VSS as our partner in strength.”

Jon Nehring

Mayor, City of Marysville

“VSS is there for people in their darkest hour. At a time when they need an advocate and friend, VSS steps in to fill that gap and help them begin their journey back to some sense of normalcy.” 

Myrle Carner

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

“This thing about closure. There is never really closure in a victim’s life but VSS helps individuals to get closer to that and that’s critical because the cops and the judicial system just move on to another case because they don’t have time. Victims live with this trauma forever so VSS is with them for as long as they need the services. VSS takes the time, more importantly, they really care."

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