Happy Holidays from VSS!
From the Desk of the Executive Director, Dr. Michaela Weber Dear Friends, As we approach the end of another year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect, share some thoughts, and most importantly, to say THANK YOU to our amazing VSS village of supporters for making it possible for us to carry out the mission of supporting crime victims and their loved ones through…Read More
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Written By: Melissa Isenhart, Victim Services Coordinator, K-9 Unit November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Although great strides have been made to address and prevent violence against women, the reality of violence against women is still very real and prevalent. Women and girls of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status are affected. Sadly, one in three women…Read More
Update to VSS Programs and Services Due to Drastic Budget Cuts
Huge funding cuts have affected victim services agencies across the country that support crime survivors and victims, and Victim Support Services (VSS) is no exception. The funding cut is due to a dwindling balance in the national Crime Victims Fund (CVF), which was established in 1984 as part of the Victims of Crime Act, commonly known as VOCA. Between 2017 and today, the amount of…Read More
Pet of the Quarter
Please meet Thor, Lynx and Cheetara. Thor was born February 13, 2013 and is an American Staffordshire Terrier. He came to live with us when he was about eight weeks old. Lynx and Cheetara were born in 2007 and are tabby/calico sisters. They came to live with us when they were about six weeks old. Thor has some food allergies so he is on a…Read More
Today is National Boss’s Day!
Boss’s Day is a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year, and acknowledge all that they do. Here at Victim Support Services we have an amazing, fearless leader, Dr. Michaela Weber, who goes above and beyond for crime victims and her team every single day. In honor of Boss’s Day, each VSS rock star took a moment to…Read More
Employee of the Quarter
VSS is proud to announce that Janet Quiroga, Hotline Manger, has been voted in by her peers as Employee of the Quarter for July 1 – September 30, 2021! Janet has been at Victim Support Services for over four years now, dedicating her time to serving victims of crime on the WA State Crime Victim Service Center Hotline. But, the fun doesn’t end there! It’s…Read More
Emotional Wellness Month
Written by: Kaili Brown, King County Victim Services Coordinator The last year and a half has been a challenging time for all of us. From navigating a pandemic, to experiencing political change, several of us have made drastic life changes to adjust to this new “normal”. On top of it all, these changes have revolved around unpredictability and uncertainty; an added challenge when trying to…Read More
20-Years Later: Remembering and Honoring Those Lives Lost on 9/11
Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator September 11, 2001 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of attacks in the United States – a day Americans will never forget. Americans felt a collective trauma and devastation that has forever changed our lives. As we commemorate 9/11, we are reminded of how our nation and…Read More