Not What I Expected!

“The place was great, the people were great, and it was actually fun to work there.”

I was let go from a great job that I had been doing for 29 years. My confidence was shaken and my self-esteem fell to a new low, as I felt both betrayed and embarrassed. I have had a job since I was 13, and this was the first time I had been unemployed. I felt as if I had let my family down. The thought of not being able to provide for them sent me into a depression that I could not shake. It really hit me hard. 

Looking for a new job scared the daylights out of me. I had never been through anything like this. Every time I would apply for a job or go for an interview, I was told “no.” Soon, I quit answering the phone and didn't want to talk to anyone. I even quit going to church for a while. My depression led me to thoughts of suicide.

After a long and hopeless summer, my bishop started talking with me about opportunities available through Deseret Industries. At first, I let this go in one ear and out the other. I felt there was no way I would consider working there, because I had mistakenly pictured the DI as a place where only those with disabilities worked. The development specialist from the DI would call me, but I would not answer the phone. In early December, there was a big blizzard where I could not even get out of my own driveway. My bishop arrived at my house with a snow plow on his truck and said, “We are going to the DI.” I know he was inspired to come that day.

To my surprise, Deseret Industries was very different from what I expected. The place was great, the people were great, and it was actually fun to work there. I started to attend classes and go through the training process. Soon, I found my confidence coming back, my self-esteem coming back, and life was becoming somewhat normal again. Although I was not making near the money I once was, I was happy.       

I was promoted to be a lead in my area, and the things I have learned have been amazing. I enjoy working with people and my goal is to stay in the retail business. To help me achieve my goals, I had an opportunity to work in a business partnership with a local retailer.

I have had several job interviews, but still have not found the right job. But even though I have yet to find a job, the Deseret Industries has blessed me greatly and has changed my life. I testify that the program is of God and is there to help each person who walks through the doors. Through this experience I have found myself. I hope this story will help someone else.

“Looking for a new job scared the daylights out of me.  I had never been through anything like this.”

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