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We provide Employment Services to those with disabilities, who have an interest in working in the community. Options receives referrals from the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, SS Ticket to Work and Department for the Blind to provide these services at no cost to the clients. We provide a variety of services and supports to individuals so that they may achieve their desired vocational goals. Individuals begin the Supported Employment process at the assessment and planning stage. During this time we will look at the individual's interests and skills and match these to a potential employer through job development. On the job training and coaching is a support that is offered to assure success of the individuals in our Supported Employment Program. The Employment Specialist responsibilities include the implementation of work strategies, direct instruction on the job as well as developing good working relationships on the job with co-workers and managers.
Ongoing follow up and supports are provided to ensure the long term success of the individual working in the community as in:
Brian Stinnett – The Employment Services Director. Brian has been with us since 1999. Brian received his BS from Brescia University in K-12 Special Education and a minor in English and Communications. He began his career as a 6-8th grade Special Education teacher. In 2005, Brian was the chairperson on the Greater Louisville Business Leadership Network, where he was involved with area employers, such as, UPS, Kroger, LG & E. and Citi Cards, in regards to increasing opportunities for individuals with disabilities which he has continued to do. He coordinates the efforts of the agency and its staff to provide inclusive supports to all persons that we serve.
Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing branch is located Downtown within the office of The Center for Accessible Living (CAL) on the corner of 2nd and Muhammad Ali, which is a beneficial partnership for both agencies because in addition to Supported Employment services that Options provides, the consumers have access to other essential services that CAL offers such as, housing, Social Security benefits help, and independent living skills, among others. If you have questions, or if you are interested in the team services offered at the downtown Louisville office of Options Unlimited, please contact Bonnie Andaya and/or Sarah Pate.
Bonnie Andaya Joined Options in 2004 while in college at the University of Louisville pursuing a degree in American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting through the EKU/UofL Interpreter Training Program, from which she graduated with a BS degree in 2005. At that time, Bonnie transitioned from a part-time Job Coach with Options Unlimited to a full-time Employment Specialist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Bonnie is a Nationally Certified Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, holding National RID NIC/CT Certifications as well as a current KY State Interpreting License.
Sarah Pate – Sarah joined the staff at Options Unlimited in September 2014. She graduated with a BS degree in American Sign Language Interpreting Studies from the University of Louisville in 2012. Upon graduating, Sarah has been actively involved with the Deaf community, participating in Deaf events, and volunteer interpreting for Deaf consumers. She is currently studying to become a Nationally Certified Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
Louisville Downtown Office
501 S. Second Street Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 589-6620
Fax: (502) 589-3980
Libby Gootee – Libby has been an Employment Specialist at Options Unlimited in the Bullitt County office for 15 years. She has close to 19 years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities. Libby worked for 4 years in the education system, with the students who had behavior disorders.
Libby is also the Coordinator for the Worldport Transitional Learning Center Program for the past 2 years.
This successful program has 117 consumers that are currently employed at UPS. She assists Supported Employment agencies with Job placement at UPS and she makes sure that the consumer is successful as an employee to the best of her ability. She recruits agencies for consumers that would be a good candidate for the UPS Worldport Transition Center for training to become a permanent employee at UPS. She works very closely with Human Resources, Managers and supervisors and other agencies to follow-up with the coalition employees so they can be successful on the job. She gets great satisfaction in working with people with disabilities. “When you find that person a job that is a good fit for them and they succeed there is no greater feeling”.
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Trish Gheen Goins, CESP -Trish started working for Options Unlimited in the Shelby County Office January of 2003 as a Supported Employment Specialist. She has over 25 years of experience serving individuals with disabilities. Trish has served on the Board of Kentucky APSE, an organization dedicated to advancement of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities since 2006. February, 2014 Trish earned the designation of Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) by passing the national CESP examination. Trish is a 2015 Graduate of Leadership Shelby, a program to develop leadership skills and community awareness through training seminars, face-to-face discussions with community officials, field trips and problem solving sessions. Trish enjoys finding that right job fit and being able to provide the person with the tools needed in order to work successfully in the community.
Shelby County Office
500 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Phone: (502) 633-9725
Fax: (502) 633-9013
Ruth Moore May- Is located in our Spencer County office, located at 80 East Main Street, Taylorsville. She has been with Options since 2004 and has over 20 years’ experience working with people with disabilities. . She started out working at Spencer Co. High School with the CBWTP and then went to work for Options over 10 years ago. Spencer County also includes an office for Vocational Rehabilitation with whom they have a close working relationship. Ruth has a close relationship with both the counselor and her assistant. Ruth has placed numerous amount of clients in working positions. It has been a passion for her since she has been working in this profession. “Working with clients is my passion. I will work with anyone that has a need to go to work. I enjoy meeting the clients and working closely with them.”
Spencer County Office
80 Main Street
Taylorsville, KY 40071
Options Unlimited, Inc
205 Castlerock Drive, Shepherdsville, KY 40165
502-955-7271 Fax: 502-955-7221
Shelby County Office
500 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065
502-633-9725 Fax: 502-633-9013
Spencer County Office
80 Main Street, Taylorsville, KY 40071
502-477-1984 Fax: 502-477-1883
Louisville Downtown Office
501 S. Second Street, Louisville, KY 40202
502-589-6620 Fax: 502-589-3980