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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Don’t Worry, Be Happy….Part 1 of the Symptoms of Stress

By admin | September 13, 2018

Written by: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Training Are you a worrier?  That is a question I ask participants in my Emotional Wellness classes that I teach for VSS.  Inevitably many slowly raise their hands, some blurt out, “Oh Yes!” “Are you kidding?” “Lifelong worrier.”  Worrying in this day and age almost seems to be a requirement in order to get through the day,…

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July Employee of the Month: Nicole Vangrimbergen

By admin | July 31, 2018

Please join us in congratulating our July employee of the month, Nicole Vangrimbergen. Nicole was voted employee of the month by her coworkers and peers. Nicole transitioned recently into region 12, which is Whatcom and Skagit Counties. She moved into that position seamlessly, hitting the ground running and quickly making connections. All the while she managed clients with current cases in Snohomish County, while we…

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Congratulations, Lora Brodniak!

By admin | July 30, 2018

Lora is transitioning from an on-call hotline advocate to the Region 4, Snohomish and Island County, Victim Services Coordinator. We are excited Lora took this new position and will be working with victims more directly and one-on-one! Since she started working here she has proven her skills and abilities, and her passion working with victims. Her previous experience as a victim advocate includes: working as a…

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Welcome, our new Victim Services Coordinator, Rachel Martinez!

By admin | July 27, 2018

Rachel Martinez is our new Region 1, King County, Victim Services Coordinator. Before joining Victim Support Services, Rachel was the Community Outreach Coordinator with Seattle Against Slavery. She has an Master of Social Work from the University of Washington and a Bachelor Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Colorado State University. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys running, boxing, hiking,…

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