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Welcome our new Victim Services Coordinator, Jen!

Please join us in welcoming our new region 12 Victim Services Coordinator, Jen Slobom! Jen will be serving Whatcom and Skagit counties and we feel so lucky to have her on-board. Jen is originally from California, but has lived in Washington state for four years. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in…

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Congratulations to our October Employees of the Month!

Kimi Nolte, Lead Victim Services Coordinator is once again our Employee of the Month – tying with our Victim Service Coordinator, Rachel Martinez! Kimi is a strong leader in the agency and in the communities she serves. Her work is always victim-centered. She is a very strong advocate for the clients she serves and she…

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A Report on Our Special Training Grant

In late March 2018, Victim Support Services was the recipient of a special grant from Washington state that covered training to community members and professionals around the state who work with crime victims. The grant lasted 6 months – beginning April 1 and ending on September 30. For the six month period, VSS provided continuing…

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Welcome our new Hotline Advocate, Jana!

Welcome new Hotline Advocate, Jana Grafe! Jana will be answering hotline calls after business hours on the 24-hour statewide hotline. She will provide crisis intervention, emotional support, resources and more to those individuals who have been hurt or harmed by crime. Jana comes to VSS with a wealth of knowledge working as a Legal Assistant…

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New King County Office location is up and running!

Victim Support Services is excited to add another satellite office for King County clients! Located in Pioneer Square, this office is in a convenient, central location for Seattle-area clients. The office is in the heart of Pioneer Square with an overlooking view of Centurylink Field, and is a short walk from the Seattle Courthouse. The…

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The Symptoms of Chronic Stress, Part 2

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…

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Grieving Youth Returning to School

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.…

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

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…

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July Employee of the Month: Nicole Vangrimbergen

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…

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Congratulations, Lora Brodniak!

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…

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