National Night Out Against Crime

By admin | June 29, 2018

National Night Out is an annual event where communities across the country connect with law enforcement. The focus of National Night Out is to get neighborhoods actively involved in preventing crime in their community. At National Night Out, you will be able to visit tables for various community organizations and interact with your local first responders. All events are family friendly! Victim Support Services will…

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June Employee of the Month: Kimi Nolte

By admin | June 22, 2018

Kimi Nolte, Lead Victim Services Coordinator is our Employee of the Month for June. Kimi is always willing to step in and help any of her teammates with a cheerful, positive attitude. She takes the role of Lead very seriously. Additionally, Kimi is a very strong advocate for the clients she serves and she ensures their voices are heard and their hearts are supported when…

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Welcome our new Hotline Advocate, Lora!

By admin | June 7, 2018

Please help us welcome our new On-Call Hotline Advocate, Lora Brodniak! Lora has seven years of experience as a victim advocate working with a variety of diverse clients and cultures. She has worked as a liaison for clients with law enforcement, CPS, hospital staff and forensic nurses at Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse in addition to completing numerous trainings. In her spare time,…

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Welcome our new Victim Services Coordinator, Erik!

By admin | May 25, 2018

Victim Support Services is pleased to introduce Erik Saulness, our new Victim Services Coordinator for Skagit and Whatcom counties. Erik is a lifelong resident (with the exception of some time spent in the Navy) of Washington State and comes to VSS from a background in social work and child welfare with DSHS. Prior to his work with DSHS, Erik worked as an air traffic controller…

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Join VSS for our King County Missing and Unidentified Persons awareness event on May 24th

By admin | May 23, 2018

Every missing person is someone’s son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister, husband or wife. There are hundreds of families in the State of Washington dealing with the profound devastation of a loved one that is missing. There are also over 100 deceased persons currently needing to be identified. Law enforcement relies on the community and the media as partners in their search for all…

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Welcome our new Hotline Advocate, Schana Odell!

By admin | May 1, 2018

Please help VSS welcome our new on-call Hotline Advocate — Schana Odell! Schana comes to VSS with over 20 years of experience working with vulnerable populations including those individuals and families who are low-income, under resourced, have limited education and connections, who may have had previous trauma, chemical dependencies or have been victimized.  She currently works part-time for Housing Hope as a Child and Family Specialist.  Additionally, she…

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We received a special training grant!

By admin | April 30, 2018

Victim Support Services is excited to announce that we have received a training grant from Washington state. This grant is short-term, ending September 30th, 2018. In between now and then, VSS will be providing four Core Advocate trainings – two in Everett, one in Wenatchee, and one in Kennewick – to victim advocates who want to be pre-qualified to work in Washington state. Additionally, VSS will be…

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April Employee of the Month: Leslie McPherson

By admin | April 26, 2018

VSS wishes to congratulate Leslie McPherson, Director of Hotline & Volunteer Services for being voted in again as this month’s Employee of the Month. Last month, you had the opportunity to read about Leslie’s extensive history with VSS, as well as her quick progression from a volunteer to a Program Director at the agency. One of Leslie’s passions here at VSS is fund development, as she co-chairs the Fund Development Committee…

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A Letter of Appreciation to all Volunteers

By admin | April 20, 2018

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Director of Hotline & Volunteer Services I would like to take a moment to deviate from our usual style of posting to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who devote their personal time to Victim Support Services. Whether it be the individual who selflessly spends hours on-call in the wee hours of the night listening to the trauma that individuals in…

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