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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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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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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Power of One Award

In 2018, Victim Support Services decided to institute a special award to illustrate our grateful appreciation for those who go above and beyond, the “Power of One” Award. The first ever Power of One Award was dedicated to a VSS stakeholder whose loyal dedication and unwavering commitment to the community deserved special recognition. On March…

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May Employee of the Month

Jennifer Slobom Jen was voted VSS’ employee of the month! Here is what one of her peers had to say about her! “Jen is just amazing! She is a kind and compassionate advocate who puts her clients first! She’s always ready to jump in and help with our events or step in when another advocate…

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Victims with Pride 🌈

Written By: Jennifer Kloesel, Information and Referral Specialist June is Pride Month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that acted as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. Though we have made great progress in these past 50 years, statistics show that we, as a country, still have more to…

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Use RADAR to Protect Your Inbox

Written By: Kimi Nolte, Lead Advocate Phishing is a term that many people will recognize because of the ubiquitous news reports and articles warning the general public on how to avoid scams. Despite the many warnings about phishing and scams, perpetrators of these crimes continue to think of new ways to take advantage of people. According…

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VSS’ 44th Anniversary

VSS is celebrating 44 years of serving victims of crime. On February 25, 1975, thirteen families came together in a church auditorium to share their heartbreaking experiences and to talk about their mutual concerns. As a result, Victim Support Services was established, formerly known as Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims. Here’s to many…

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