A Chance to Work
“I was a little bit nervous, but excited that I might receive help and a chance to work.”
As an immigrant to the United States, I struggled to find employment. Language barriers and cultural differences were overwhelming. In time, a neighbor suggested I talk with an LDS bishop. He met with me even though I was not a member of his church. The bishop mentioned the Deseret Industries training program. I was a little bit nervous, but excited that I might receive help and a chance to work.
With the bishop’s referral, I met with a development counselor at DI. He made me feel at ease and very welcome. Everyone at DI made me feel that I was needed and appreciated. Not only did I have a job now, but I was happy to come to work and be around others who treated me kindly and respectfully.
The staff at DI were very patient with me as I learned English and how to do my new job. They helped me obtain a driver’s license and I was taught all aspects of clothing processing. Physically working again was a big adjustment. My muscles were often sore, but in time I felt better and could work harder. I learned what an employer expects from an employee. All of this helped me understand what I needed to do once I left the DI. The biggest help was my increased confidence.
I will forever appreciate the friendships I shared with the staff and other DI associates. I will always be grateful to them.
“The staff at DI were very patient with me as I learned English and how to do my new job.”
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