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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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Welcome, our new Victim Services Coordinator, Rachel Martinez!

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…

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Fourth of July: Triggers

Written by: Kimi Nolte, MPH, MSW, Lead Victim Services Coordinator On the fourth of July, most people look forward to the BBQs, firework displays and spending time with their loved ones. However, the holidays can be difficult for a number of reasons, especially if you and your family experienced a traumatic loss. Today, we’d like…

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National Night Out Against Crime

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…

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June Employee of the Month: Kimi Nolte

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…

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