An Invitation to Joy Retreat

Working in a helping profession means continuously giving your strength, compassion, and nurturing to those you serve.  We think it is time to come together and nurture each other.  Find your joy again, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, and remember why you started doing this work. Come join us at Camp Burton on beautiful Vashon Island for a two-day retreat.…

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Physical Responses of Trauma; Is This Normal or Am I Crazy?

If you are a victim or survivor of crime, you are probably familiar with terms such as trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and so on.  Many individuals also have the belief if you experience trauma and suffer from any of these symptoms, you are weak.  Maybe you have asked yourself the questions, why can’t…

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Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  When I start noticing signs of Christmas, that phrase is ever present in my thoughts.  I suspect this is so because I grew up with a mother that would pull out old record albums and play holiday music from Thanksgiving to Christmas; NONSTOP!!!  I am convinced my…

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VSS Counseling Services Available

Victim Support Services is excited to announce, through a grant from Snohomish County United Way, that we are able to provide five free counseling services to victims of crime. If you are a victim or family member of homicide, assault, robbery, vehicular homicide, or vehicular assault there are counseling services available to you. We have…

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National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Last Wednesday, September 25th was National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  In 2007, Congress designated Sept. 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  Robert and Charlotte Hullinger, of Cincinnati, formed Parents of Murdered Children following the 1978 murder of their 19-year-old daughter, Lisa, while she was studying in Germany. The annual day of observance…

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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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Coping Through the Holidays – Find what works for you

The signs of the holidays are here. The Christmas tree displayed downtown, holiday lights shining ever so brightly, holiday music  playing, numerous presents to buy and wrap  all of which can be very stressful.  Add on Also all the cleaning, cooking, and prepping the house for those relatives you see once a year.  When holiday…

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Take Time To Be Thankful

From Snohomish County Advocate Cathy Hix I want to take a moment to share a little about myself.  I have a morning routine.  Checking Facebook is a part of that routine.  As Thanksgiving approaches, I ALWAYS see the same redundant, sometimes irritating posts.  “I’m thankful for my new pair of boots” or “I’m thankful Wrap…

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