I Can Have a Future
“Thanks to the training I received at DI, I know I can accomplish anything.”
When I was 18, I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and social anxiety. I tried various treatments over the years, but nothing helped. I was unable to leave my house, suffering with panic attacks from even a short walk to the mailbox. My younger brothers were very understanding and would take turns caring for me. I was grateful, but as my dependency on my brothers grew, I felt even more worthless. I knew I needed help, but I didn’t know what to do.
My life was in shambles when I spoke with my bishop. He referred me to an incredible counselor and encouraged me to begin the training program at Deseret Industries. Because of my condition, working was very difficult. Showing up for work was a major challenge, and I frequently called in sick or left early. Fortunately, I was assigned to an extraordinarily understanding job coach who was willing to work with me. Together we worked out a plan to improve my situation.
Success would take an enormous amount of effort. Luckily, I wasn’t alone. I had the support of my family, my bishop, my ward, my counselor, my job coach, my development specialist, and a most amazing mentor. They were there to help me, and each went above and beyond to do so. It took patience and hard work, but I was able to stay for a full shift. Before long, I was able to stay for all of my shifts. The harder I worked, the more I improved. As a result, more opportunities opened up for me. Despite my rocky start, I eventually was promoted to be a lead, overseeing the clothing production team.
I am doing very well now. I am working in a bakery at a local supermarket and studying to earn a business degree. One day I would like to open my own bakery. Before I came to Deseret Industries, I truly believed none of this would ever have been possible. Thanks to the training I received at DI, I know I can accomplish anything. I will be forever grateful. I wanted a future, and now I know I can have one.
“Success would take an enormous amount of effort. Luckily, I wasn’t alone.”
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