For Leaders

Services We Provide

We assist Church leaders in caring for those in need by providing work adjustment, development counseling, and job placement services to help individuals with barriers to employment foster greater hope and self-reliance. Individuals access these services through the authorization of their bishop. 

Deseret Industries (DI)

DI helps individuals become self-reliant by providing the following:

  • Work Adjustment — Staff members coach individuals to improve work behaviors (such as punctuality, dress and grooming, staying on task, and so on) so they can be successful in obtaining and maintaining employment.

  • Bishop’s Orders — Bishops can write an order for a family or individual to receive needed items from DI (such as new and used furniture, clothing, bedding, and so on).

  • Community Grants — DI partners with charitable organizations in the community to provide the individuals they serve with DI items (such as furniture, clothing, bedding, and so on) at no cost.

Development Counseling Services (DCS)

DCS helps individuals overcome barriers to employment by providing the following:

  • Vocational Counseling — Counselors administer career tests, assess the results, and coach individuals to select a career and work toward their goals.
  • Skills Training — Staff coordinate training or certification programs that will help individuals develop the skills they need to get a job in their desired career field (e.g., CNA, CDL, welding, software development certifications, and so on). DI funds or community resources may be used to help pay for the training.
  • Business Partnerships — Staff organize on-the-job training experiences in which individuals work at a business temporarily while DI funds pay their wage. Individuals are often hired by the business following the experience.
  • Professional Consultation — Counselors consult with Church leaders, service providers, members, and mentors.

Job Placement Services (JPS)

JPS helps place individuals into employment by providing the following:

  • Job Search Skills Workshop (JSSW) — Individuals learn and practice basic job search skills in this workshop.
  • Advanced Placement Program (APP) — Individuals participate in a program that uses a daily job search group to focus on effective job search strategies, daily planning, and participant accountability.
  • One-on-One Coaching — Staff provide one-on-one coaching throughout the job search process.
  • Account Representative Professional Placement — Displaced professionals are hired temporarily to develop job leads for others and networking opportunities for themselves.
  • Resource Development — Job developers cultivate relationships with employers to target job opportunities for individuals seeking employment.

Questions & Answers

We help individuals learn successful work skills that will help them be successful in today's competitive job market.

What can be donated?

See the Donation Guidelines for a list of items we are able and not able to accept.

Can DI pick up donations if they can't be delivered to a store?

Pick up requests are not available in most locations. Contact your local DI if this service is required. See the donations page for more information about donating to DI.

Who can shop at a DI store?

Everyone is welcome to shop with us. Find a store near you.

How do I give special assistance through DI to an individual or family in need?

Leaders can fill bishop orders with Deseret Industries to help individuals in need of clothing and household goods. In addition, bishops can give a referral for an individual to work with us to learn needed work and life skills.

How do I refer someone to get training at DI?

A bishop can give a referral for services to an individual to take to the local DI location to help determine if this program is the right fit for them. (Bishops may order referral forms from Store.lds.org, form # 31480.)

What are the requirements to qualify for the training program?

Those who have barriers to obtaining and maintaining adequate employment in the community are eligible.  Safety and other considerations may be taken into account in determining eligibility.  Contact your local store for more information.

Do you need your bishop's approval to volunteer at a store?

A bishop’s request is not required. Individuals or groups can contact their local DI to see what volunteer opportunities are available.

How Do I Get Started?

If you're interested in volunteering, contact your local DI store to find out about service opportunities. Talk to your bishop if you're interested in being a service missionary. We appreciate your desire to serve in your community.

For the Leaders

Groups and individuals can volunteer at DI. The gift of your time in service at your local store is a great way for individuals and a ward to bless the lives of others.

Agent Stake Operating Committee

Every Deseret Industries store is managed ecclesiastically by an agent stake president and his operating committee. The following video is training the agent stake president and can be used in the committee to help committee members understand their roles and how they can partner with Deseret Industries to support associates.

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