Pet of the Quarter

Captain Jack Weber (Captain) is one of six rescued fuzz kids belonging to Michaela Weber (VSS ED). Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, his journey to his new life began in May of 2021 in El Paso, Texas, when he was adopted by The Webers and driven across the Country to his new home in…

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Turning the Page: How Grief and VSS Changed my Life

The salty waters of Bellingham Bay in Western Washington glinted like diamonds in the sunlight as I stood in a circle with roughly 20 strangers. Some of us had tears in our eyes. Some of us didn’t. But we each held a rock with the name of a murdered loved one written on it. It…

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Pet of the Quarter

Written by: Melissa Isenhart, Victim Services CoordinatorWhatcom, Skagit & Island County; Court Facility Dog – All Regions Allegra is a fitting name, as Alegre in Spanish means “happy.” Allegra is a happy go lucky dog who has many joys in life. She loves getting belly rubs, playing outside, chasing critters, chewing on bones, going swimming…

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November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Written By: Melissa Isenhart, Victim Services Coordinator, K-9 Unit November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Although great strides have been made to address and prevent violence against women, the reality of violence against women is still very real and prevalent. Women and girls of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities…

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National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month – a time for communities to get involved and take a stand against bullying. In that spirit, this month, we want to bring awareness to one specific topic that falls under the umbrella of ‘bullying’.  For many, it is a common perception that bullying is strictly a childhood issue.…

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Emotional Wellness Month

Written by: Kaili Brown, King County Victim Services Coordinator The last year and a half has been a challenging time for all of us.  From navigating a pandemic, to experiencing political change, several of us have made drastic life changes to adjust to this new “normal”.  On top of it all, these changes have revolved…

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20-Years Later: Remembering and Honoring Those Lives Lost on 9/11

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator September 11, 2001 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of attacks in the United States – a day Americans will never forget. Americans felt a collective trauma and devastation that has forever changed our lives. As we…

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Washington State Crime Victim Service Center Hotline Update

Back in February of 2016, Victim Support Services was awarded a grant through the Office of Crime Victim Advocacy (OCVA) to manage and monitor the first 24×7 statewide hotline for victims of general crime in Washington state. Individuals hurt or harmed by crime have been able to speak with a trained advocate to receive crisis…

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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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