L to R: Regional Director Trisha Wagner, Jenna Fredette, Director Whitney Ritt

Work Opportunities Unlimited (WOU) is pleased to announce that Jenna Fredette on the Providence, Rhode Island team is the 2023 recipient of the Roger LaChapelle Award. Given annually, this prestigious award recognizes Jenna for her passion and excellence in quality job placements that integrate people with disabilities into competitive work environments. WOU 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 Team Leader, Jenna carries a full and diverse caseload, working with vocational rehabilitation (VR) clients in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Jenna secured an impressive 45 placements during the year!

“Jenna is so successful because she individualizes her services and supports to each client to assist them in achieving their goals,” says Providence Director Whitney Ritt. “She is tenacious, never gives up, and is always thinking outside the box to find the right placement. In addition to her work with her clients, she has spent years building reciprocal relationships and trust with employers. They know that if Jenna sends them a candidate, it is going to be a good fit, and they are going to have her high-quality support throughout the process. That is what sets Jenna apart.”

Throughout her 12-year career at WOU, Jenna has proven “extremely dedicated and loyal. She is creative and always willing to go above and beyond, and those attributes shine through in her work.” As a result, says Whitney, “Not only does Jenna make a lot of placements, but she also makes sure that those placements evolve into successful careers. Jenna ensures that the individuals are meeting their goals and provides the necessary support to assist her clients in retaining their positions. Jenna has changed hundreds of lives for the better through the world of work.” Congratulations, Jenna!

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 programs, 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 more information, please visit www.workopportunities.net.