Building connections: VSHSL summit recap and recorded trainings

On May 3rd and 4th, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) hosted the second annual VSHSL Summit, bringing together VSHSL-funded providers and the broader human services community. Over two days at the Museum of Flight, the summit included presentations and trainings from expert service providers, panel discussions, and many opportunities to network and share experiences with fellow human services providers.  

During the summit, Leo Flor Department of Community and Human Services Director shared, “As a room of human services professionals, and that’s what you are, this is a collection of some of the most skilled curators of relationships you will find in our community. And I think that is why you are the most effective of what you do because you understand at the end of the day the delivery of human services is a fundamentally human endeavor.”  

Watch recorded trainings and presentations 

Video recordings of select presentations and presentation materials are available on the VSHSL training resources webpage for viewing. Presentations available to view include: 

  • After Your Submission: VSHSL Data & The Story It Tells  
  • A History of King County Veterans Program 
  • Deaf Culture & Understanding How to Work with People with Diverse Hearing Loss 
  • Developing Workforce Strategies for a Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program 
  • Pop-Up’s Magic: The Importance of Partnership 

View the recorded trainings here. 

Thank you for attending the 2023 VSHSL Summit 

Thank you to all who attended and thank you to our presenters and trainers for sharing your knowledge and expertise with the VSHSL and human service community! 

This year’s summit included: 

  • 16 interactive sessions including community-led presentations, trainings, and networking fair opportunities 
  • 180 in-person attendees and 100 attendees who participated virtually 
  • 37 participating organizations serving residents across King County  

Here’s what attendees had to say about this year’s Summit: 

“There was an excellent turn out and plenty of opportunity to connect with peers doing work for the community.” 

“It is always good to see other partners and network with them, and King County staff is always very kind.” 

“The presentations were very educational. I came away with new information that I was not aware of. The networking and sharing once again gave me resources that I was not familiar with that will benefit the families we serve.” 

“I know that serving in direct services and working in human services can something feel like a lonely place. You are not alone. You have colleagues you can reach out across the human services field. You can ask for help…Let’s keep building relationships,” shared Leon Richardson Department of Community and Human Services Adult Services Division Director at the opening session of the summit.