SIOUX CITY -- Opportunities Unlimited has announced two winners, Melody Bentson and Mary Holder, of the organization's annual “Heart of the Mission Award.”

OU honors an employee that has consistently gone above and beyond their typical job duties to provide exceptional service to people it serves.

The award also takes into account someone who lives the OU mission of "maximizing personal potential through dignified and purposeful Living," and shows respect to and is respected by his or her fellow co-workers.

Bentson has been employed with OU for three years, supporting persons served in its residential rehab program. Placing persons served first is natural to her, and she has a positive approach with tasks and is always a team player and helps out in many ways, according to OU.

Holder, manager of health services, has been part of the OU team since 2009. She, too, is a natural leader who is humble about the impact she makes on the organization and is valued by many, according to OU. Additionally, Holder has developed strong relationships with persons served, OU team members, healthcare professionals, and many other extended community partners.

Both women were presented with a crystal paperweight and a monetary award.

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