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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To our Rockstar Volunteers, Thank You

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.” –Elizabeth Andrew Behind every successful organization there are extraordinary volunteers. In a day and age where time is a precious commodity, it’s important to find the right words to thank volunteers who take time from their busy lives…

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Employee of the Quarter

This month, VSS is shining a spotlight on one of its best and brightest, as Employee of the Quarter! Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator at VSS, has been selected by her colleagues for her outstanding commitment to victims of crime and their loved ones in our region. Over the past 9 years, her contributions to the…

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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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Employee of the Quarter

VSS is proud to announce that Kaili Brown, Victim Services Coordinator for King County, has been voted in by her peers as Employee of the Quarter for October 1 – December 31, 2021! Kaili has been at Victim Support Services since October of 2020, dedicating her time serving victims of crime by providing crisis intervention,…

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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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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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