Elder Abuse Awareness

By C V | June 7, 2021

June is elder abuse awareness month, and June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. During June, organizations promote local and national events to inform communities, seniors, caregivers, and others of the signs of elder abuse, and to emphasize the importance of understanding, recognizing, and reporting this type of abuse. Nearly 1 in 10 American senior citizens are abused or neglected each year, yet only…

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April Employee of the Month

By C V | June 7, 2021

Our VSS Rock Star of the month for April is Leslie McPherson! Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator for Victim Support Services (VSS), has worked in the victim advocacy field for over eight years. A nationally credentialed Advocate with the designation of Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist, she oversees the Victim Services and Education, Training, and Outreach departments.  Additionally, Leslie coordinates and facilitates Core Academy Training – a…

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June Pet of the Month

By C V | June 7, 2021

Hailing from the great State of Washington is June’s Pet of The Month – Murphy Gene Weber! Adopted at 6 months old as a Rescue from a neglect case, Murphy was welcomed into the Weber family and has been building his legacy, since. At 4 years old, weighing in at 85 llbs, he is the world’s silliest giant Australian Labradoodle! His favorite pastimes include rides,…

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May Pet of the Month

By C V | May 2, 2021

Davie is VSS’s Facility Dog. He works to support crime victims and survivors by providing quiet companionship in the courtroom and other settings. Davie also LOVES to be petted and to snuggle. His birthday is May 18 and he will be 3 years old this year! He spent most of the first 2 years of his life in training with Brigadoon Service Dogs and now he…

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Honoring the Joy and Grief of Mother’s Day

By C V | April 29, 2021

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 just triggered by death.  In this article, we’ll be discussing…

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March Employee of the Month

By C V | April 26, 2021

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 for Crime Victim Service Center partners across Washington State.  Trainings…

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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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