Before You Ring in the New Year…

2021 proved to be a trying time for VSS and victim services across the country. However, we here at VSS believe that there is still some time left to try and put a positive spin on a year that challenged us all. We can’t do what we do without your support. Thank you to everyone…

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Grief During the Holidays

Written By: MaryKate Lesar, Information and Referral Specialist “Life tossed us up into the air, scattered us, and we all somehow found our way back. And we will do it again. And again.” Alexandra Bracken As the holidays are upon us, it is hard to ignore the “togetherness” that this season represents. The holidays mark…

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Happy Holidays from VSS!

From the Desk of the Executive Director, Dr. Michaela Weber Dear Friends, As we approach the end of another year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect, share some thoughts, and most importantly, to say THANK YOU to our amazing VSS village of supporters for making it possible for us to carry out the…

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Update to VSS Programs and Services Due to Drastic Budget Cuts

Huge funding cuts have affected victim services agencies across the country that support crime survivors and victims, and Victim Support Services (VSS) is no exception. The funding cut is due to a dwindling balance in the national Crime Victims Fund (CVF), which was established in 1984 as part of the Victims of Crime Act, commonly…

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Today is National Boss’s Day!

Boss’s Day is a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year, and acknowledge all that they do. Here at Victim Support Services we have an amazing, fearless leader, Dr. Michaela Weber, who goes above and beyond for crime victims and her team every single day.   In honor of…

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Looking Back as we Look Ahead

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator As we begin another fiscal year, it’s a great time to reflect on everything Victim Support Services (VSS) has achieved in the last year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).  And what a year it has been! As the world grappled with a pandemic, the need for victim…

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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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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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Welcome our new Hotline Advocate, Schana Odell!

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…

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