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 ½ years.  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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February Employees of the Month

By VSS | March 26, 2019

Janet Quiroga Congratulations to Hotline Coordinator, Janet Quiroga, for being voted in by her peers as Employee of the Month for February! It is no surprise that Janet has been voted in many times, as it is WELL deserving! We are grateful that Janet plays such a vital role in helping manage the Washington State Crime Victim Service Center Hotline, where individuals hurt or harmed by…

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Use RADAR to Protect Your Inbox

By VSS | March 26, 2019

Written By: Kimi Nolte, Lead Advocate Phishing is a term that many people will recognize because of the ubiquitous news reports and articles warning the general public on how to avoid scams. Despite the many warnings about phishing and scams, perpetrators of these crimes continue to think of new ways to take advantage of people. According to the Federal Trade Commission, 350,000 people lost a total of…

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Open House

By VSS | March 22, 2019

Grab a lei and head our way for Victim Support Service’s Open House!This is your chance to come check out our admin office in Everett, meet our staff and volunteers, and learn about VSS. There will be free music, raffle prizes, games, food, and more!Spread the word because this event is open to the entire community. So grab your family, friends, kids, neighbors, colleagues, and…

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Grand Opening of the Island County Office ‘The Tompkins Project’

By VSS | March 12, 2019

Come and join us May 1, 2019 for the Grand Opening Event of the Island County Office ‘The Tompkins Project’. The event is located at 740 South Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA and runs from 2PM to 5PM, with the ribbon cutting scheduled for 3PM. This is the perfect time to check out our new office space, meet our staff and volunteers, learn more about…

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VSS’ 44th Anniversary

By VSS | February 26, 2019

VSS is celebrating 44 years of serving victims of crime. On February 25, 1975, thirteen families came together in a church auditorium to share their heartbreaking experiences and to talk about their mutual concerns. As a result, Victim Support Services was established, formerly known as Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims. Here’s to many more years of assisting victims of crime!

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