L to R: President & CEO David Dwyer, Siiri Gott, Director Sarah Pednault

Work Opportunities Unlimited is pleased to announce that Siiri Gott on the Portland, ME team is the 2023 recipient of the company’s annual Retained Placement award! The award is given to the Career Resource Specialist who played the most influential role in helping a client retain a paid or volunteer job that required some or all of the following: creativity, patience, excellent communication, job site modification, effective retention planning including employer coaching, successful interventions, natural supports, and the achievement of the client’s employment goals. Founded upon the principle that all people can work, Work Opportunities Unlimited is a community-based, employment service provider specializing in placing people with disabilities in competitive, integrated work environments.

As a Career Resource Specialist, Siiri dedicates her days to breaking down the barriers to meaningful employment for people with disabilities by helping them prepare for the workplace and supporting them while on the job. Since October of 2022, Siiri has worked with one individual who had been cleaning the restrooms and washing dishes at a restaurant for 9 years. Siiri could see that he was frustrated with being limited to just cleaning, and he had expressed interest in learning food preparation. After multiple retention plan meetings, Siiri was able to convince the individual’s reluctant supervisor to give him a chance to expand his skills in the kitchen. Now the individual does food preparation for a portion of each shift, is happier at and outside of work, and wants to retain his position at the restaurant. Siiri’s persistence and support has not only helped the individual grow and be satisfied in his role, but has also helped the supervisor realize that his employee was capable of more than just cleaning. Congratulations, Siiri! 

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.