Deseret Industries May Be an Option

The training program at Deseret Industries is designed to help people create an individual career plan and develop ways to reach the goal of long-term employment.

 

Deseret Industries is a Resource for Bishops and Quorum Leaders

The mission of Deseret Industries is like that of other divisions of the Church’s Welfare Services, to “help people to help themselves” (see Conference Report, Oct. 1936, 3; see also Welfare Services Handbook, 1). Specifically, Deseret Industries helps people remove barriers to employment through the training programs made possible from ward members’ donations. The resources at Deseret Industries help members learn to overcome whatever obstacles prevent them from holding a job, and ward members can use Deseret Industries as a way to serve others in their community.

Deseret Industries facilities are located in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Success through Deseret Industries

Shelley

Shelley had been a stay-at-home mom for 17 years and hadn’t worked in a professional company since working in a bank for a few months before she’d moved. So when her husband passed away unexpectedly, she needed work experience to find a job and provide for her family. Her bishop recommended she go to Deseret Industries for help. Through the job training program, she discovered she would do well in an office setting, so she took classes to update her computer skills and was given a chance to work in the facility’s office. She also finished a business partnership working at the local college she attended. She learned about résumés and interviewing from a Church employment resource center and soon found a job at a corporate office 20 minutes from her home. Shelley credits her experience at Deseret Industries as a great blessing in her life that gave her the encouragement to succeed.

Ariela

Ariela had just immigrated to the United States from Peru, and although she spoke English and Spanish and had a college degree, she was unfamiliar with the work environment in the USA and felt unsure about finding a job. Her mother told her about the positive experience she’d had with Deseret Industries, and Ariela went to talk to her bishop. He agreed it was a place that could help her. In the job training program, Ariela learned basic business procedures quickly and soon felt more confident. Because of her degree in psychology and her language skills, she excelled at a business partnership with a local government justice service. She was also able to work at the Church employment resource center, where she used her skills to help others at the same time she was learning about job interviewing. Ariela thinks of Deseret Industries as a place where she felt safe, where she could learn to apply the skills she had, and where she gained confidence in herself.

Job Training

The barriers that prevent people from finding a job can vary, from someone who has a difficult time getting a job to someone who needs help developing the skills to keep a job.

The training program at Deseret Industries is designed to help people create an individual career plan and develop ways to reach the goal of long-term employment.

The program is composed of the following elements:

  • Individualized Program—This is based on assessments of the person in the program (work associate). It is a career plan designed to help the work associates meet their career goals and determine what resources they will need to reach their goals.
  • Work Experience—This allows associates to complete their career goals and to gain work experience for their résumés. Often this includes a business partnership in which the associate goes to work at an outside company for several weeks while still technically working for Deseret Industries. Read further for more about business partnerships.
  • Training Courses—These can be courses taught at Deseret Industries or through local education and certificate programs. Here people learn the skills of a specific industry.
  • Critical Work Skills—These are skills like understanding how to work productively and cooperatively and how to add value as an employee. 

Partners

President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “We will work together with patience, never losing sight of the great mission given us”  (“The Work Moves Forward,” Ensign, May 1990, 5). Deseret Industries furthers its mission with the cooperation of other organizations.

Business Partnerships

A business partnership is a way for an associate to gain specific vocational training and work experience beyond working at Deseret Industries. A business partnership is an agreement between Deseret Industries and a business in which the business agrees to have a Deseret Industries associate work in its office or facility for up to several weeks. Part of a career plan is for an associate to think of places he or she would like to have a business partnership.

Community Outreach Program

Deseret Industries works with community resources in two ways:

  • Supplying service opportunities
  • Supporting local causes to help the poor and needy

By working with other community agencies, Deseret Industries is a great resource for finding specific service needs in an area for ward or other group service projects.

To find service opportunities in your area, contact your local Deseret Industries. 

Deseret Industries partners with local, quality agencies to supply clothes and other resources, free of charge, to help further the services provided to the poor and needy.

For details on this program, contact your local Deseret Industries store manager. For more information, see Community Partnership Program.

LDS Employment Resource Services 

Deseret Industries and LDS Employment Resource Services work closely together to provide associates additional opportunities to gain job skills, work experience and job search skills. Associates attend The Career Workshop at employment resource centers where they learn additional job search techniques such as communicating their strengths and skills during job interviews and in their résumé.

Humanitarian Services

As a division of the Church’s Welfare Services, Deseret Industries helps with the Church’s humanitarian efforts around the world. Clothing that is not sold in stores is sent to the Church’s Humanitarian Center. These donations are then sorted and sent to partner agencies across the globe for distribution to those in need. To learn more about giving to humanitarian service, see Community Outreach.

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