Earl Smith's Story
I needed to make a change...I wasn't alone.
Our success is measured by the success of our associates.
“I remember having a dream about coming to America.”
Returning to the Workforce
“I thought that joining the DI training program would help me―and did it ever!”
Willing to Help
“They took me in and helped me get started on a life-changing path.”
Success through Hard Work and Support
“I wanted to learn as much as possible so that I could help my family.”
Earl Smith's Story
I needed to make a change...I wasn't alone.
Help on My Journey
Following My Conscience
"I worked with the development specialist to identify my transferable skills"
Carlos Valenzuela's Story
"You don't feel alone, you feel how people care."
“I was given an opportunity to have electronics training and receive certification.”
Pushed to Seek Help
“I knew my job skills needed an update.”
I Gave DI a Try!
“At first I was reluctant, believing that there was nothing the DI could teach me.”
DI―a Great Confidence Booster!
“I gained the self-assurance I lacked to take a step up to a new job.”
I Got My Start at DI
“I was looking for a job that would challenge me, but I had never had a job before.”
The Program Works!
“My job coach must have seen something in me that I could not see in myself”
Rebuilding and Moving Forward
“I realized there was hope.”
“I didn’t give up. It was difficult, but I kept trying.”
The Right Place
“I didn’t know English or how I was going to be able to take care of myself and my family.”
Breaking the Silence of Fear
“Trauma from my past made me feel alone and vulnerable.”
DI―My First Job
“They were with me every step of the way.”
Starting a New Career
“The development counselor offered me an opportunity to participate in a business partnership.”
Self-Reliant and Confident
“My training taught me important job skills and attitudes.”
Overcoming the Awkwardness
“I never had a job before and was very self-conscious about my English.”
A Brand New Future
"I enjoyed helping people while working at Deseret Industries and had a lot of fun in the process."
DI―A Stepping Stone to Success
“This program has taught me many skills, but unexpectedly, what I learned the most was about me.”
Back to Work!
“I felt better prepared to begin applying for jobs."
Confident and Capable
“Yes, I believe you can do it!”
Prepared and Confident
“The culture in the U.S. is very different from what I was used to in Eritrea.”
A Healing Spirit
“DI was the right place.”
A Secure Future
“DI helped me to achieve my goals step by step.”
An Excellent Start!
“I am on the right track to a successful future.”
The Right Environment
“I work around positive people and love what I do.”
Prayers Are Answered
“I thought DI was just another thrift store, but I soon learned that it had so much more to offer.”
“I have proven that others can depend on me, and I have the skills I need to move forward in a great career.”
A More Secure Future
“It was this new skill and certification that helped me find my new job”
Proud to Be Me
“I had a great desire to achieve the changes I wanted for myself and my future.”
I Am a Hard Worker
“I was able to do the job with a high level of competency.”
A Career I Love
“What I really wanted was a career where I would be helping others.”
More than Coincidence
“Nobody wanted to hire an older worker.”
I’ll Come Back Tomorrow!
“My job coach said he was happy to have me on his team and that his team needed more people.”
Always Work to Improve
“I was lacking in some essential skills that would keep me employable.”
No Longer a Dead End
“The program is awesome and the job coaches are great.”
Developing New Job Skills
“I am now using my skills working in the shipping department.”
Not an Outsider!
“I wasn’t just helping myself, but helping others as well.”
Supported and Encouraged
“I could feel that they really wanted me to succeed.”
A Fresh Start
“My job coach constantly encouraged me to become better and not be defined by my past.”
The Dream Job I Always Wanted
“My job coach helped me enroll in a training course to become a certified nursing assistant”
The Tools to Succeed
“To improve my potential job opportunities, my bishop recommended I join the Deseret Industries (DI) training program.”
DI—A Total Blessing!
“I feel the DI gave me the tools and strengths I needed to move into my future job.
Determined to Change
“Working at DI helped me to have something consistent and stable in my life.”
Patient and Determined
”Becoming a citizen was one of the most meaningful days of my life.”
I Found a Good Job!
“I am now able to speak good English, and most important, I can read and write in English.”
The Blessings from Training at DI
“I had a feeling of complete peace and knew this was the right thing at this time.”
My Background Was Stopping Me
“I followed the plan and ended up with six job offers!”
My Mentor—A Big Part of My Success
“I now have a job and a purpose to wake up and to go forward.”
The Blessings of DI
“The DI is an amazing place, filled with an amazing spirit.”
Successful and Happy!
“My job coach . . . never stopped encouraging me and telling me that I had done a good job.”
“My dependence on alcohol fueled my poor choices.”
Where My Success Began
"I was accepted at the LDS Humanitarian Center as an associate.”
Thankful for a Business Partnership
“I didn’t really know what job I wanted.”
Determined and Hard Working
“What I needed to obtain employment was fluency in English.”
I Found My New Life
“My team at DI helped me set up a business partnership with a great employer.”
I Learned Many Things!
“They cared about me and my success.”
I Proved Myself and Got the Job!
“I chose a program that I was excited about.”
A Second Chance
“I was suffering from the pains of addiction and had hit rock bottom.”
Steve Arrowsmith's Story
"Maybe we can teach you to love again and to trust again."
Wes Oliver's Story
"I owe so much to the DI. I am where I am because of them."
Valentina Transtrum's Story
"Day by day my confidence grew"
Marcie Shaver's Story
"It's broadened my perspective of what I can do."
Kristel Ramirez's Story
"I feel very grateful to the people who donate things."
Johnny Barbata's Story
"The experience I had at DI was a great blessing from my Heavenly Father."
Chris Gardner's Story
"They saw that I had potential."
Brian Tremelling's Story
"DI helped me to get my foot in the door."
Finding My Talents
“I found I had a talent for working with children and individuals with disabilities.”
Returning to Work
“The DI helped pay for the training I needed”
“At the end of the business partnership, I was hired”
“I needed to learn what was expected of a good employee”
“One of my biggest concerns was having the confidence to talk with people.”
Working toward a Better Life
“I had very little work experience, no high school diploma, and a very 'colorful' background.”
No Longer Conflicted
“As a recovering addict, I needed help to maintain my sobriety.”
I Got the Job!
“I knew that this job was meant for me.”
Prepared for Better Employment
“I took advantage of the opportunity to study English.”
Help for Refining My Skills
“I found that my diverse background made it difficult to get back into the current marketplace.”
Giving Deseret Industries a Try
“DI has been a life saver for me.”
The DI Fostered My Self-Reliance
"I will always be grateful to Deseret Industries for taking me in and giving me a chance."
My Way Back to a Better Life
“At Deseret Industries there is a team of people to help each associate find their path to a new and better life.”
A Chance to Work
“I was a little bit nervous, but excited that I might receive help and a chance to work.”
A New Job!
“Deseret Industries helped me to strengthen my weaknesses and find the spirit in my heart.”
Despite All of My Barriers
"I know the difference DI made in my life."
A Changed Outlook
“I now see that getting a job is a side benefit to the other changes that have occurred in my life.”
A New Direction
“The development specialist suggested I go back to school”
A Special Kind of Love
“Deseret Industries lays the foundation for change.”
DI Training Program – A Good Decision
“The best way to be taken seriously was to finish my schooling.”
An Opportunity to Better Myself
“I came to realize that I not only wanted, but I also needed a second chance.”
Happily Ever After Once More
“I thought I was dreaming when the DI called and invited me to join the program.”
“There are angels right here on earth, and they work at Deseret Industries.”
I Am Worthy
“Before I started at the DI, I felt unwanted and unemployable.”
Exercising My Faith
“My faith has enabled me to overcome my fears, and Deseret Industries has provided me an opportunity to exercise my faith.”
Finding My Way Back
“I met with my bishop who told me about a program that could help me get back on my feet, Deseret Industries.”
Hard-Working and Independent
“I found myself with only $200 left in my savings account when my faithful home teachers stopped by for a visit.”
I Can Do It!
“These experiences not only helped to build my self-confidence, but also gave me the experience to secure my next job.”
Asperger’s Won’t Stop Me!
“The skills I have learned are those that will help me succeed in life.”
DI—A Great Decision!
“DI associates have a special opportunity to help others.”
Fulfilling My Dreams
“This great training program has changed my life.”
Deseret Industries Changed My Life!
“I am now able to provide a stable living, with medical and dental insurance, for my wife and daughter.”
A Future to Consider
“I had co-workers who cared about me and helped me.”
“I was broken and had lost hope for my future and confidence in myself and my abilities.”
A New Future in Business
“Deseret Manufacturing provided an opportunity for me to gain new skills.”
DI—The Lord’s Work
“The donations from many caring individuals provide the sacred funds to pay for the training of DI associates.”
Never Give Up!
“At Deseret Industries I learned real world skills.”
Finding a Job I Love!
“This was my first opportunity to actually have a job and provide for my family.”
Willing to Work Hard
“I learned first-hand from my father how to work hard for everything.”
The DI Way
“Deseret Industries teaches us to be self-determined and accountable for our own self-reliance.”
More Than a Job
"I came to work every day with a determination to do the best job that I could.”
The DI Aided My Educational Steps
"I knew the program was focused on improving and becoming self-reliant, but I never realized the true extent of it."
Lifted to a Great Future
“I am progressing and am able to complete goals that I never thought were possible.”
Finding My Path to Self-Reliance
“God was with me and God helped me.”
A Powerful Change
“I made a decision to break this chain of poverty and self-destruction.”
Better in Every Way
“I found that I had a team surrounding me that cared about me and my success.”
A New Beginning
“I have had fork-lift training, training as a cashier, and have had experience with the public on the sales floor.”
One Step at a Time
“It wasn’t until I was put to the test in my new job that I fully understood or appreciated my training experience at Deseret Industries.”
Recovering from Loss
“Deseret Industries has helped me learn and understand that my self-worth... is great.”
DI Was There to Help
“I had never worried about finding work, until I moved”
DI, A Great Opportunity
“Through the Deseret Industries program, my economic situation has improved."
Today Things Are Different
“I am more employable and have the skills I need to provide a better life for my family”
“Along with the job training from working at DI, I was also diligently engaged in the career and technical training offered.”
Direction for the Future
“I am different today because now I have direction in my life.”
I Had a Plan!
“From day one I knew why I was at Deseret Industries and worked hard to meet my goals.”
There Is Always Hope!
“We were very poor and lived day by day.”
I Can Read Stories to My Children
“I read to my children to show them I love them.”
“Even though I live far from a Deseret Industries store, I found the help I needed through the Development Services Program.”
“Without this opportunity I probably would be stuck in a place that I would not like or want to be.”
Learning through Service
“I have learned to love someone by serving them.”
The Love of Good Bishops
“Having a good job was not the only blessing I received at this time.”
A New Life
“I have my dream career and Deseret Industries has helped me achieve it.”
Confidence to Begin Again
“Even my loved ones have noticed the difference that the program at DI has made in my life.”
DI Offers Hope and Healing
“I proved not only to my job coach, but to myself that I was competent and capable.”
Finding the Real Me
“My testimony is that you can overcome.”
Finding a Better Tomorrow
“It is amazing how much people grow and learn.”
Expanding My Options
“I was unable to advance because I lacked the right education and work experience”
A New Confidence
“As I saw my skills improve, I also saw my confidence grow.”
I Am So Grateful!
“I soon discovered that DI was created to help individuals change their lives.”
“When I began at DI, I was scared and felt inadequate.”
“Today, I am able to see that I can do anything I put my mind to and that I can be a positive influence for others.”
New Skills for a Bright Future
“To find a good job, I needed to improve my English.”
Fulfiling My Dream
“I know one reason I did so well is because of the help and encouragement I received from Deseret Industries.”
DI - A Privilege!
“With five words of English in my vocabulary, a bishop’s authorization, and desire, I was hired at Deseret Industries.”
Lucky to Get a Call
“I was also offered an opportunity to receive training.”
I Was Hired!
“The job training I received at DI helped me to learn job skills and gave me time to sharpen my English.”
The DI Helped Open Doors
"The DI's program gave me the support to improve my skills and abilities with the final goal to be more self-productive."
I Needed Help
“I sought out my bishop who referred me to Deseret Industries.”
Willing to Help
“I am humbled by those who worked in my behalf”
Deseret Industries Was My Refuge
“I was very sad, worn-out, and down-trodden, and I needed a safe place to heal. … I knew Deseret Industries was this place.”
I Can Have a Future
“Thanks to the training I received at DI, I know I can accomplish anything.”
A Second Chance
“My bishop and the Deseret Industries team never gave up on me.”
I Have a Future
“What I needed was a positive environment with people willing to help me get back on my feet.”
A Bastion of Support and Hope
"I was sent on the path to wellness. This path was through the doors of the local Deseret Industries store."
Smiling with Confidence
“I am grateful that they recognized how a seemingly minor physical issue can have a significant psychological impact.”
Prompted to Reach Out for Help
“They helped me catch a glimpse of what He sees in me.”
“I had a strong interest in the medical field and decided I wanted to pursue certification as a nurse’s assistant.”
My Dream Has Come True
“I was rewarded for my hard work when I was made lead over my team.”
A Gateway to Success
“Don’t think of DI as ‘just a job,’ think of it as a gateway to success and a way to improve your life.”
Establishing New Connections
“I was invited to participate in two business partnerships”
DI Believed in Me
“I discovered that I was a great worker.”
I Earned It!
“The result of all the hard work is that now I have a terrific job doing something I am not only qualified to do, but something I enjoy doing.”
“I did all of the interviews and follow-up without any coaching or without anyone with me.”
The Right Place
“I know that what I do makes a difference because I am an important member of a very special team.”
Help to Overcome
“My job coaches were there to share their knowledge and help me with both work and school. “
I Found My Passion
“DI arranged for me to take classes in math, reading, and writing”
My Childhood Dream Came True
“I will always be grateful to Deseret Industries for helping a young boy’s dream become a reality.”
Confident Once More
“At first, DI was just a job, but as I started working more, I started learning more.”
Things Are Getting Better and Better
“Success is possible, if you have a teachable heart.”
Prepared for a Better Life
"My time spent at the DI proved that a dream worth pursuing and working hard to accomplish is only the beginning of greater possibilities."
DI and the Right Prescription
“I discovered how much the staff at Deseret Industries cares about each individual in the program.”
Learning Life Lessons
“I learned invaluable life lessons from working with a very diverse group of people”
Transitioning to My Future
“I learned that the training program had so much more to offer me than just money.”
An Answer to Prayer
"I am blessed. I am renewed. I am happily employed!”
Motivation to Become Self-Reliant
"I have grown into a better person and have gained many experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life."
The DI Helped Me Overcome Addiction
"I’m so grateful for Deseret Industries and all the staff for helping me live again."
“DI offered me opportunities to train and certify in skills that are useful for future employment.”
A Need to Be Independent
“My past jobs left me without the experience new employers were looking for.”
DI—My Beacon of Hope
“I needed help finding a job that would be a good fit for me.”
Challenges to Overcome
“My bishop was inspired when he referred me to the Deseret Industries training program”
The DI Encouraged My Education
“Deseret Industries has truly blessed my life.”
Grateful for Support
"I am confident that my new job would not have happened without the training program at Deseret Industries."
Filled with Kindness and Goodwill
“What is special about working at the Humanitarian Center is how we begin each work day with prayer.”
Working Hard Is Nice!
“I now have the skills I need to work for many different companies.”
Blessed with Opportunities
“I needed to find a way to improve our situation, but I didn’t know how.”
Finding Success and Joy
“I have since been called by my bishop to work with other associates at Deseret Industries as a mentor.”
Providing the Way
“It was Deseret Industries that provided the way for me to finish my education.”
Opportunity to Master English
“I needed to learn English well to pass the…test used to evaluate students for admission to graduate school.”
Onward and Upward!
“I was committed, with an attitude to move forward and really succeed.”
Support to Return to Work
“Although my life has not been easy, I have always worked hard.”
Taking the Bull by the Horns
“When my doctor told me I needed to make a career change, I knew it would be a challenge.”
I Got the Job!
"My English was so good that I was ready to apply for a job.“
Hard Work Pays Off!
“DI would help me develop the goals and skills I needed to achieve long-term employment.”
Friends Who Care
“The experience gave me such a powerful outlook for the future.”
Opportunity to Learn and Grow
“I wanted to improve my life and not worry about my future.”
A Better Future
“My job coach at DI worked with me to create a plan that would help me.”
“DI does not do it all for you, but they give you foundations and building blocks.”
Reaching My Potential
"The DI increased my chances for better employment in the near future."
Doing My Part
“This program works when we do our part to become self-reliant. I thank my Heavenly Father for being by my side and for Deseret Industries.”
Desperate for Employment
“Immediately, the people at DI took me under their wings and taught me how to perform on the job.”
Hope and Faith
“I have strengthened hope and resolved faith that I can overcome the challenges of my life.”
“I strived to do my best for the sake of my family back in Sudan.”
A Chance to Learn and Serve
“The DI training program gave me options that I never could have obtained on my own.”
“I was then qualified to accept a business partnership."
My Life Is Restored
“I won a job that I love!”
Preparing for the Future
“My experience at Deseret Industries was great!”
Work and Opportunity
“A referral from my bishop to Deseret Industries gave me my first job in the United States.”
DI Supported My Dream
"The staff at the DI, along with a caring mentor and bishop, was extremely patient in supporting me through such difficult times."
“The Lord knew where I needed to be to make the necessary changes in my life.”
Inspired to Be Better
“The staff at Deseret Industries treated me with unconditional love.”
The DI Gave Me Focus
"I am now feeling the success of my developmental journey I began at DI."
A Wonderful New Career
“I was encouraged to continue looking for a good job, but I also was informed that I could enroll in technical training.”
Willing to Work Hard
“I was awarded 'Employee of the Month'”
The DI Helped Me Reach My Potential
"Helping others find what they needed gave me a sense of gratitude for being able to help."
Not a Coincidence!
“I discovered that the job coaches and management really did care about each of us there and what I was going through.”
A Wonderful Opportunity!
“My life is definitely different today.”
The DI Gave Me Guidance
"I owe a lot of what I am to the DI and what the program helped me become."
Grateful for a Business Partnership
“I have gone from a career with a dubious future to one with security and possibilities.”
Smart Work Behaviors!
“I began to understand the importance of being on time and working hard.”
DI Supported My Ambitions
"Not only did the DI help with a job and with school, but they helped me to develop my social skills."
Keeping My Promise
“I came to Deseret Industries looking for a new start.”
Hope for Tomorrow
“With help, I became stronger and more confident.”
The Gift of a Job
“I am thankful for this journey, and have been forever blessed and changed.”
Returning to the Workforce
“I was amazed at all of the opportunities Deseret Industries provides.”
DI—Support through Trials
“I got my priorities straight and started to make good progress.”
Opportunity for Certification
“At DI, I received not only job skills training, but off-site technical training.”
With Practice Comes Results
"I had little to no work experience."
An Opportunity to Grow!
"The hard work has been worth it. I can take my new skills with me to any job."
I Was Hired!
“I am so thankful to the good people at Deseret Industries who helped bring this blessing into my life.”
A Gift of Hope
“I placed my life in the hands of the Lord, and learned that anything is possible if you have the right frame of mind and are willing to ask for help.”
"I was able to gain so much more than just training at the DI. I was able to become self-reliant as I found a way to provide for my family."
Thankful for My Team
“I now have the potential for advancement and healthcare.”
I Will Be a Success!
“I am a good worker and should be proud of the employee I have become.”
“I had never had a job before, nor did I even know how to find one."
Working My Plan
“Weekly goals were helpful and showed me that I was cared for.”
A Future Filled with Possiblities
“I had a deep and sincere desire to find a job, and DI was there to help me do just that.”
The DI Elevated My Confidence
“Eventually, I had the confidence to become a leader and I gained the respect of my team.”
Integrating into a New Culture
“The DI helped me become more comfortable with a language that I thought would be impossible to learn.”
The Time to Move Forward
“I made some very poor decisions that I didn’t want to continue to haunt me for the rest of my life.”
A Very Special Spirit
“I sometimes feel like I am flying because I am so happy.”
Certified for a Great Future
“I have the drive to succeed, but I need the skills.”
“My job coach and store manager must have seen something I did not see in myself”
Help When Needed
“Not only did DI accommodate my hectic schedule, but they cared about me as an individual.”
A Showcase for My Skills
"My bishop suggested I enroll in the training program at Deseret Industries."
Opening the Door!
“My job coach believed in me from the start and helped me to believe in myself.”
Work History in a New Country
“I was unable to find work in areas where I had experience and work history”
I Was Determined
“I made a commitment to complete the program.”
Hope for a Better Future
“Because I had been a journalist in my home country, I had the wish and hope to study journalism in America.”
Finding What Was Lost
“Deseret Industries is an inspired program.”
My DI Experience
“My confidence grew as I learned to set goals and then achieve them.”
Finding the Light
“As I worked on the sales floor assisting people, I came to realize that I love people.”
Together We Found Success
“Janice started work as a cashier at Deseret Industries. I followed a month later working in the large as-is department.”
Faith in My Potential
"The growth and progress I have made over the past six months has been amazing."
Preparing for the Future
“I earned the opportunity to enroll in a truck driving school.”
Giving His Way a Try
“Do what God wants you to do to the best of your ability, and He will take care of you.”
“My branch president referred me to the LDS Humanitarian Center to continue to learn English and to gain work experience.”
“I hope my story will inspire others who have lost hope to never give up – never give up.”
My Confidence Grew
“I now have the confidence that I am doing a great job.”
My Dreams Became a Reality
“I feel I have accomplished so much.”
A New Life
“With good training and the additional experience from the business partnership, I was able to find a good job.”
Not What I Expected!
“The place was great, the people were great, and it was actually fun to work there.”
Setting Goals Makes a Difference
“I struggled because there were many things happening in my life that competed for my time and attention.”
Setting a Good Example
“My first job out of high school was at Deseret Industries.”
“I did not know if I was capable of working, but I trusted in the Lord.”
Reaching My True Potential
“The support and encouragement I received at DI was amazing!”
Hard Work Rewarded!
“I am now employed in a business that does quality auto body repair—and I love it!“
Regaining My Self-Respect
“A caring job coach trainer helped me discover ways that I could improve.”
DI Helps People—Like Me!
“I know with all of my heart that everybody at DI wants you to succeed.”
“My first step to any vocational goal was to improve my English.”
DI—A Tender Mercy
“I wanted to work and learn a new skill in order to regain my independence and confidence.”
Committed to a New Path
“My commitments have brought me to a new path for my life where I feel the Savior’s love for me."