TOOELE, Utah — A new Deseret Industries Thrift Store and Employment Resource Center will be dedicated here this evening by Bishop H. David Burton, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The new Tooele store, located at 1575 North 30 West, replaces a smaller store that has operated in a leased location. It is one of 46 Deseret Industries stores operated by the Church in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon.

Bishop Burton will formally dedicate the facility during a 6 p.m. service, after which invited guests will be able to tour the new building.

Joining Bishop Burton at the dedicatory service will be local government and community leaders and other invited guests, as well as Elder Jeffrey C. Swinton and Elder Harold C. Brown, Area Authority Seventies. Elder Brown is managing director of the Church’s Welfare Services Department.

The new Tooele facility features:

  • 35,000 square feet of floor space, including a 14,000
    square-foot sales floor.
  • A covered drive-through donation area where donors are
    assisted by uniformed attendants.
  • An 1,800 square-foot Employment Resource Center.
  • A full-time staff of 5, plus 45 trainees (those with
    disabilities and others in need of vocational
    rehabilitation).

The building is designed not only for efficient operation and convenience of both customers and donors, but also to provide training and workplace rehabilitation services. For that reason, an Employment Resource Center is housed in the building as well. Deseret Industries has long been involved in the work of employment training.

Many Latter-day Saints in Tooele volunteer their time at Deseret Industries, either to assist with training and store operations or in creating items for humanitarian distribution. A room where volunteers can produce items for humanitarian use is also included in this new facility.

Deseret Industries is both a non-profit, vocational rehabilitation facility as well as a thrift store where people can donate new and gently-used merchandise and purchase quality, inexpensive goods.

With many men and women out of work in 1938, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dispatched two officials to Los Angeles to study Goodwill Industries to see how the Church might create employment opportunities by establishing a similar operation. Their report led to the opening of a Church thrift store in Salt Lake City called Deseret Industries.

For more information on the work of Deseret Industries, see the “Caring for Others” section of www.providentliving.org