Growing up I was the oldest daughter with no older cousins so I didn’t get hand-me-downs like my sisters did. Nope, instead I was lucky enough to wear thrift store or yard sale finds. Otherwise my dear sweet mother made our clothing for us. Bless her heart she worked her fingers to the bone sewing for her kids! (Back when fabric didn’t cost an arm and a leg mind you)
When you come from a large family, new clothing was a real treat reserved for birthday and Christmas gifts. Wearing bell-bottoms when skinny jeans were in style wasn’t exactly the highlight of my teen years let’s just say, but one thing that experience did teach me, was if I wanted something, I had to work for it, and if I worked for it, I took really good care of it! I also learned the value of hard work at a young age. I wouldn’t take that experience back for the world. I’m a stronger person for it and it’s brought me where I am now.
When I was about 8 yrs old my parents divorced. Thankfully my mom found the man that would soon be our Dad as my Father wasn’t much of one. Having married a woman with 6 kids and a son of his own, we were in desperate need to add on to our overcrowded 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home. (BradyBunch we were NOT! Lol!)
At one point when we had most of the addition finished, my parents realized there was no room in the budget to cover the ceiling properly. With much prayer and faith we hoped we would find a solution. It was a day or so later that my Mom had a feeling she needed to go to the local Deseret Industries. Outside the building were boxes and boxes of ceiling tile! Still in good condition but not resalable, they were going to throw them out! (This was before recycling was available there) It was an answer to our prayers! I’ve always loved that story as it fills me with hope and faith.
Deseret Industries has always held a special place in my heart for those reasons. I was absolutely honored when I was asked to join local bloggers to tour the new Nampa, Idaho Deseret Industries location. Flabbergasted even!
We sat in on a short film about all the amazing things that goes behind Deseret Industries and the miracles that so few know about behind the scenes.
Here are some examples. Let’s say a single mom loses her job just as her kids are starting school. She can go to a local Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka Mormons) and ask for a voucher. That voucher can provide her family with household items, clothing and even a mattress and bed; same for families who have lost everything in a fire, flood or other natural disasters.
Each person is individually trained by a job coach/mentor for each skill set they need help with. A job coach/mentor might train an average of 10-12 people daily who he/she checks in with and gives them much needed assistance. Once they’ve met their skill level needed, they are than matched with a job placement to continue on with their chosen profession. Many local businesses partner up with Deseret Industries to assist in these job placements.
What can YOU do to help? If you are currently not in a position to donate money to your favorite charity, why not instead donate unwanted clothes, shoes or household items? One of the main points we discussed in our meeting was that oftentimes people are so concerned about what is and what isn’t appropriate to donate (“It’s too beat up” or “Nobody will want this”)
Rick Andrus, Regional Manager of Nampa Deseret Industries instead suggests “Let us worry about whether it’s good enough or not, yes we take on a lot of unusable items, that’s just par for the course, but you might be surprised what we find use for. Even a mismatched shoe has use. Did you know we donate most of our left over shoes and clothing to our humanitarian efforts worldwide? For those who only have one foot due to some unfortunate incident, that one mismatched shoe is a blessing!”
Even in communities where there are no Deseret Industries, you can still receive counseling and job placement assistance throughout the US through the LDS employment offices.(You do NOT have to be a member of the church for assistance)
As Brooke Yates, Design Analyst and prior job coach stated: “We don’t just get people jobs; we help them find a career to provide long term financial support and progress.” Isn’t that a beautiful thing?
The Nampa, Idaho location is NOW OPEN! Come take a look at all of their amazing #DIFinds
Located at 1370 Caldwell Blvd Nampa, ID
Check out my video that shows all the AMAZING finds I purchased at the new Nampa Deseret Industries! I’m still in shock from the savings!