History of National Night Out

By VSS | July 17, 2019

Written By: Janet Quiroga, Hotline Coordinator National Night Out is an annual event where communities across the country connect with law enforcement. The focus of National Night Out is to get neighborhoods actively involved in preventing crime in their community. Here is how NNO all got started: “National Night Out was introduced in August of 1984 through an already established network of law enforcement agencies,…

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Congratulations, Leslie

By VSS | June 27, 2019

Last month, one of our very own, Leslie McPherson (Director of Hotline & Volunteer Services), graduated from the Leadership Snohomish County Signature Class on May 23. Leadership Snohomish County is the local organization recognized for cultivating sustainable leadership. Since its founding in 1996, LSC has graduated talented, motivated professionals who are informed about local issues and ready to engage for the long-term. The Signature Class…

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May Employee of the Month

By VSS | June 17, 2019

Jennifer Slobom Jen was voted VSS’ employee of the month! Here is what one of her peers had to say about her! “Jen is just amazing! She is a kind and compassionate advocate who puts her clients first! She’s always ready to jump in and help with our events or step in when another advocate needs help with a case. She is always ready to…

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Victims with Pride 🌈

By VSS | June 10, 2019

Written By: Jennifer Kloesel, Information and Referral Specialist June is Pride Month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that acted as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. Though we have made great progress in these past 50 years, statistics show that we, as a country, still have more to learn about tolerance. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released…

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Former VSS Volunteer Awarded by Seattle Federal Executive Board

By VSS | May 17, 2019

We are proud to announce that former VSS volunteer, Maureen Causing, was awarded the Public Service Recognition Medal on May 8, 2019 at the Celebration of Public Service through the Seattle Federal Executive Board! The Celebration of Public Service is the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s most highly regarded event. The purpose of the event is to recognize outstanding deeds of public service. Individuals and teams…

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Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness

By VSS | May 17, 2019

Written By: Natalie Lanphear, Advocate The month of May is dedicated to Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, there are over 600,000 people who go missing in our country every year. Although a large amount of these individuals are found, there are still thousands who stay missing for over a year. To break the numbers down even…

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Stress Awareness

By VSS | April 11, 2019

Written By: Jennifer Kloesel, Information and Referral Specialist Stress is a common factor that we all share in life. We can experience stress when we are at work, at home, driving, and even at the grocery store. Stress can be associated with positive events: the birth of a child, going to an amusement park, or playing a game. Negative stress, on the other hand, is…

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Remove the Distractions

By VSS | April 10, 2019

Written by: Emma Alty, Advocate April is distracted driving awareness month and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day approximately 9 people are killed and roughly 1000 people are injured from crashes due to distracted driving. There are three major types of distractions: cognitive, visual, and manual. Cognitive distractions happen when you let your mind wander and are not focusing on driving.…

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Words from a Volunteer

By VSS | April 9, 2019

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we think it’s important to honor our volunteers, not only current ones, but former volunteers as well. Liza Sanguinetti volunteered as a Hotline Advocate for the last 2 Β½ years.Β  Liza came to VSS eager to help people and learn more about victim services in Washington State, where at the time, she had just moved to. Liza recently relocated…

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