February Pet of the Month

By VSS | January 22, 2021

Petrie is February’s Pet of the Month! Now, the permanent scars on Mom’s arms might beg to differ that Petrie is deserving of Pet of the Month, but there is a lot more to this kitty than the occasional rough housing (which he learned from his older dog siblings).  A very important point to make before we go on about this cat is that he is more…

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How to Support our Loved Ones who are Grieving

By VSS | January 22, 2021

Written by: VSS Victim Services Coordinator, Melissa Isenhart Most, if not all of us, at some point in our lives, will know someone who is grieving a loss. Losses come in many shapes and forms and our connections to them may be peripheral or intimate. You may have experienced a time when you were trying to support a friend or family member who was grieving…

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December Employee of the Month

By VSS | January 22, 2021

Congratulations to Victim Services and Outreach Coordinator, Janine Daniels-Moore, for being voted in by her peers as Employee of the Month for December! Janine has been with VSS since October of 2020. She provides services to victims of crime in King, Island, and Snohomish county, as well as outreach in all counties we serve (King, Snohomish, Island, Skagit andWhatcom) connecting with the community and spreading the word…

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January is…

By VSS | January 4, 2021

Unfortunately, Human Trafficking is a common occurrence in the United States and all over the globe. Traffickers use force, fraud, and/or coercion to lure their victims into forced labor or sexual exploitation. Traffickers often prey on vulnerable populations and exploit them for their personal gain. The question becomes how can we prevent this from happening? Since trafficking is a crime often hidden in plain sight,…

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January Pet of the Month

By VSS | January 4, 2021

Josephine is January’s Pet of the Month and this is an award long overdue! Though her stature might fool you, she is one tough cookie. Back in October she went in for spinal surgery and has made a FULL recovery! Not bad for a six-pound little thing. Now she is back to doing all of her favorite activities: running after her cousins (who are 16…

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November Employee of the Month

By VSS | January 4, 2021

We would like to give a shout-out to Victim Services Coordinator, Amanda Petrowski, for being voted in by her peers as Employee of the Month for November! Amanda has been with VSS since February of this year. She provides services to victims of crime in Snohomish County, the busiest region we serve.  Here’s what some of her peers said about her: “Amanda has been very…

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Help VSS have a Holly Jolly Holiday!

By VSS | December 22, 2020

Al Compaan, our board President, has a few words to say about this holiday season and the importance of generosity. We hope that his words inspire everyone to do what they can to support VSS and the work that we do. Is a monetary donation not within reach this year? No worries, we understand! You can still show your support by volunteering your time. Here…

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

By VSS | December 21, 2020

45 years ago when Lola Linstad and Linda Barker came up with the idea to build a support network for families of missing persons, nobody could have imagined the impact they would have. What began as 13 families meeting in a small building to share stories, has grown into a robust Crime Victim Service Center that provides FREE services to individuals, their loved ones, and…

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Holiday Grief in the times of COVID

By VSS | November 30, 2020

Written By: Janet, Hotline Coordinator In a year of extraordinary loss, more than likely, facing the holidays is filling many with anxiety. After almost a year of families staying home, and separated from one another, being unable to get together for holidays is not a new thing. However, being stuck at home due to COVID, in addition to “normal grief”, leaves people also grieving the…

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