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Welcome our new Hotline Advocate, Jana!

By VSS | October 19, 2018

Welcome new Hotline Advocate, Jana Grafe! Jana will be answering hotline calls after business hours on the 24-hour statewide hotline. She will provide crisis intervention, emotional support, resources and more to those individuals who have been hurt or harmed by crime. Jana comes to VSS with a wealth of knowledge working as a Legal Assistant for the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office and many law firms.…

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New King County Office location is up and running!

By VSS | October 17, 2018

Victim Support Services is excited to add another satellite office for King County clients! Located in Pioneer Square, this office is in a convenient, central location for Seattle-area clients. The office is in the heart of Pioneer Square with an overlooking view of Centurylink Field, and is a short walk from the Seattle Courthouse. The space is shared with a variety of knowledgeable lawyers, each…

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September Employee of the Month: Janet Quiroga

By VSS | October 15, 2018

It is no surprise that once again, Janet Quiroga, Hotline Coordinator, has been voted in by her peers as Employee of the Month for September! Her peers and co-workers say that Janet is always so helpful and stays on top of things.  Janet is also committed and dedicated to our fundraising events, the website, and most of all, the statewide hotline. Last month, when one…

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BECU People Helping People Awards

By VSS | September 28, 2018

Victim Support Service is excited to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the 2018 BECU People Helping People Awards! At minimum, our organization has been rewarded a $15,000 Community Benefit Award. Additionally, we are up for the following rewards: • $40,000 People’s Choice (popular vote by the community) • $30,000 Employees’ Choice (popular vote by BECU Employees) • $30,000 Past Recipient…

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The Symptoms of Chronic Stress, Part 2

By admin | September 28, 2018

Written by: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Training What is stress anyway? Is it bad, is it good? Stress is simply the non-specific response of the body to anything in life which causes people to have to adjust or alter attention, behavior and/or demands of energy. It is a survival mechanism. Stress, when properly managed, is constructive because we have the stress hormones we need to meet challenges and…

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Leadership Snohomish County Signature Class of 2019

By VSS | September 27, 2018

Victim Support Services is excited to announce that one of our Program Directors, Leslie McPherson, has been accepted into the Leadership Snohomish County Signature Class! 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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August Employee of the Month: Janet Quiroga

By admin | September 16, 2018

A huge congrats to Janet Quiroga for receiving August employee of the month! Janet was hired on as a Hotline Advocate in September of 2017 and months later, in June of 2018, Janet was promoted to Hotline Coordinator. As Hotline Coordinator, Janet plays a big part in day to day operations of the 24-hour hotline, monitoring calls, texts, mentoring hotline advocates, and helping train new…

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Grieving Youth Returning to School

By admin | September 15, 2018

Written by: Katy Percini, MA, LMFT, Mental Health Therapist Heading back to school after the summer break can be an exciting time for many students. For others, returning to school can cause anxiety, depression, and stress. When a child is grieving the death of a loved one, returning to school can be even more difficult. Most youth will experience the death of a family member…

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In Memorium: Scott Tompkins

By admin | September 14, 2018

Our community lost a great friend, a stellar detective, and a champion for crime victims when Detective Scott Tompkins succumbed to a sudden illness this past weekend (9/9/18). Scott was a long-serving member of the King County Sheriff’s Office, hired in 1991, and contributed his time to Victim Support Services as a board member for the past seven years. Victim Support Services recently honored Scott…

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