Supporting Victims of Crime

By C V | April 6, 2021

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 leaves lasting trauma. That being said, victims will very likely…

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February Employee of the Month

By C V | April 6, 2021

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 several different hats at the organization. Leslie spear-headed the creation…

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April Pet of the Month

By C V | April 6, 2021

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 provided “therapy” and support to staff with the difficult work…

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March Pet of the Month

By C V | April 6, 2021

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 are three things he lives by: ball, food, and love.…

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January Employee of the Month

By C V | April 6, 2021

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 Coordinator. She quickly jumped into the role and recruited volunteers…

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Welcome, MaryKate!

By C V | February 5, 2021

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 help advocates increase their knowledge and awareness and to enhance…

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The Latest on VSS

By C V | February 5, 2021

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 to individuals who have been hurt or harmed by crime. …

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February Pet of the Month

By C V | January 22, 2021

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 go on about this cat is that he is more…

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How to Support our Loved Ones who are Grieving

By C V | January 22, 2021

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 to support a friend or family member who was grieving…

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