L to R: Will Ellis, Litza Bailakis

(Lowell, MA) Work Opportunities Unlimited has announced that Litza Bailakis of North Chelmsford, MA, is the recipient of the Roger LaChapelle Award.  Given annually, this prestigious award recognizes Bailakis for her passion and excellence in quality job placements; integrating people with disabilities into competitive work environments.

Work Opportunities Unlimited was founded upon the principle that all people can work. Given the right environment, proper support and effective training all people can be successful in a job.  As a Career Resource Specialist, Bailakis carries a full and diverse caseload.

According to Will Ellis, Director of the Lowell team, “when Litza joined the team it quickly became clear that she was one of those hires that every Director hopes to make.  She is enthusiastic and has a contagious personality.  With Litza’s background of working closely with many community resources, she came to WOU as a resource guru for the local Lowell area. and when she started with Vocational Rehabilitation services she took off!.  Litza is really great at forging rapport with clients and employers and goes the extra mile.  She is not just OK with someone being placed, but she follows through and focuses on retention.  Litza has a great track record for making good matches, which secured an impressive thirty-nine placements during the year!

With operations throughout the eastern United States, Work Opportunities Unlimited (WOU) is a community-based employment service provider.  The company serves thousands of adults and students annually.  In addition to private citizens, WOU provides services to individuals referred by school districts, vocational rehabilitation program, developmental disability agencies, Departments of Mental Health, Transitional Assistance, and Children and Families, as well as the U.S. Social Security Administration through the Ticket to work program.  For information, visit www.workopportunities.net.