CVSC Training Series

WHEW! Our training series that was hosted under the CVSC Training Grant has come to anend. We jumped in fast and furious at the beginning of February with the initial 40-hournationally credentialed CORE Academy Training and qualified 12 new advocates to helpindividuals hurt or harmed by crime in WA state. We then got the ball…

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How to Cope with Fourth of July Celebrations After Experiencing Trauma

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator, Victim Support Services Covid-19 has stolen our holidays, disrupted our normal routines, family gatherings and so much more. With restrictions easing and states opening back up, many are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July, (almost) post-pandemic. The Fourth of July is a day of pride and celebration. …

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Use RADAR to Protect Your Inbox

Written By: Kimi Nolte, Lead Advocate Phishing is a term that many people will recognize because of the ubiquitous news reports and articles warning the general public on how to avoid scams. Despite the many warnings about phishing and scams, perpetrators of these crimes continue to think of new ways to take advantage of people. According…

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VSS’ 44th Anniversary

VSS is celebrating 44 years of serving victims of crime. On February 25, 1975, thirteen families came together in a church auditorium to share their heartbreaking experiences and to talk about their mutual concerns. As a result, Victim Support Services was established, formerly known as Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims. Here’s to many…

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day After the Loss of a Loved One

Written by: Jennifer Slobom, Victim Services Coordinator The month of February brings with it declarations of love and plenty of heart decorations, chocolates, and flowers showcased in every store. Valentine’s Day marks not only a time to spend with romantic partners, but also a time to celebrate the love between family members and friends. Against…

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New Year’s Resolutions After Losing a Loved One

Written by: Rachel Martinez, Victim Services Coordinator While many people start off the new year with resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, or spend less money, these resolutions might seem unimportant or daunting to those stepping into the new year without a loved one. Others might want to create a resolution in coping with their…

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From The Desk of the Executive Director – Dr. Michaela Weber

A New Year is upon us yet again – funny how that seems to happen so quickly! 2018 was another busy year for us here at VSS…..We started our year out with a record attendance for the agency at our annual Voices of Victims luncheon, with Captain Chris Vanghele of the Newtown Police Department as…

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Employee of the Month: December 2018

VSS is proud to announce that Janet Quiroga, Hotline Coordinator, has been voted in by her peers as Employee of the Month for December! Janet has been at Victim Support Services for 16 months and has been voted in as Employee of the Month a handful of times now. Her peers and co-workers say that…

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The Tompkins Project

WE HAVE SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS TO SHARE!!! VSS was recently awarded a $500,000 grant specific to providing services in Island County! The grant, titled, ‘Services to Victims and Survivors: A Funding Initiative to Address Unmet Victim Service Needs’, was wrote specific to Island County and includes an additional VSS office location, specifically to serve…

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