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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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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2019 VSS Furry Friends Calendar

The VSS Furry Friends Calendar is back again this year, and better than ever! The calendar is filled with pictures of the VSS stakeholder’s (staff, board members, volunteers, etc.) pets. As well, the calendar has VSS events and National Days relating to victims of crime. This calendar is part of our 2018 Year-End-Campaign. What does…

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#GivingTuesday

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, #GIVINGTUESDAY! With only 7 days left before #GivingTuesday, which is on November 27th this year, the team here at Victim Support Services is readying themselves to set this years’ donations goal. What is #GivingTuesday? “#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated…

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Thanksgiving Grief

Written by: Janet Quiroga, Hotline Coordinator Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is a time for gathering with loved ones, to give thanks and enjoy good food. Although to those who have lost a loved one, Thanksgiving can be the total opposite. It can make them question what there is to be…

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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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Crime During the Holidays

Crime During the Holidays By: Brigitta Ellwein, Victim Services Coordinator, King County         The holiday season is here and almost everyone likes to celebrate by getting into the holiday spirit.  That often entails shopping, having family gatherings, and going to community events to see lights and maybe get a glimpse of Santa…

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King County Food Drive – Thank You!

The Federal Detention Center, in Sea-Tac, graciously combined efforts with their staff and inmates to donate a whopping sixteen boxes of food for victims of crime in King County! Food items are being sorted and distributed to families in need by our King County Victim Services Coordinator, Colleen Ingalls. For their effort and generosity, we…

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A New Year – A New Beginning

The “New Year” signifies for many a “new” beginning, starting a “new” resolution or just simply a way to change their thinking for the future. For many it brings excitement to try something new, for others angst about what was not accomplished in the past year.  For those who are used to setting daily, weekly,…

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