“DI offered me opportunities to train and certify in skills that are useful for future employment.”
I worked for twelve years on a chicken farm in a small town in northern California. I was fired when I began my personal struggle with alcohol. I always worked hard, but working around others was challenging.
When my wife and I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we moved away from California to have a new start. I found, however, that my old challenges came with me. When I began working at Deseret Industries, I had times where I slipped up, yet I never felt judged or looked down upon. At DI, my supervisors were patient and willing to help me take small steps towards self-improvement.
DI offered me opportunities to train and certify in skills that are useful for future employment. I was certified on the forklift. I then began a welding course, only to discover that I would not be able to finish. Instead of giving up during this set back, I was encouraged to look for other opportunities. I then qualified to be the lead associate on the dock. This position provided me important experience in dealing effectively with other associates and customers alike. I also took a flagger class (a class for managing traffic) to broaden my opportunities.
After 14 months in the DI training program, I was provided the opportunity to join in a business partnership at a local warehouse as an order picker. Here I was able to excel during my partnership and was offered full-time employment with benefits. After working for a while, I was even awarded employee of the month—complete with a small bonus and a special parking place.
I have made some poor decisions in my life, but the decision to work and train at Deseret Industries was a choice that has turned into a real blessing. I want to thank Deseret Industries for believing in me.
“I have made some poor decisions in my life, but the decision to work and train at Deseret Industries was a choice that has turned into a real blessing.”
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