Those of us that celebrate Christmas have been accused of focusing more on the material than the spiritual. Images of people trampling others at Black Friday sales come to mind. Fortunately, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we understand that this is a season of giving true gifts rather than material gifts, of focusing on others rather than on ourselves, and of acting as Christ would act as he gave His gifts.
By Deseret Industries Public Affairs
The fourth Deseret Industries store in Arizona and the forty-fourth store in the U.S. opened in Gilbert on October 23, 2018. To celebrate with the community, a grand opening event for the new store was held October 23rd through 27th.
For the Gilbert grand opening, the new store was stocked with 36 semi-truck trailers of product! These trucks carried 100,000 pieces of clothing, 209 palettes of small household goods, hundreds of furniture items, used books, and more.
Deseret Industries is a thrift store and donation center, but even more so, it’s a job-training program. Those struggling with employment can receive job training and support, such as help with education or certifications in trade schools, résumé building, job interview skills, or simply lack of experience. The job-training experience is unique and tailored to each associate and his or her needs.
Once trained, Deseret Industries associates are able to receive additional support to find careers in fields that interest them, including medical, dental, security, manufacturing, transportation, education, and more.
Every year, Deseret Industries provides job training to thousands of associates. In 2017, Deseret Industries helped 16,088 associates. This program is made possible by donations and purchases made at local DI stores.
“We’re excited to be a part the Gilbert community. A new store means new opportunities for shoppers, donors, and associates. It really is a reason to celebrate,” says Lisa Leavitt, manager of retail operations and awareness for Deseret Industries. “At Deseret Industries, we’re all about people. We exist to provide job training. At our new Gilbert store, we’ll be able to provide job training to 90 associates at any given time. And our shoppers and donors help make that training possible.”
Learn more at deseretindustries.org.