welcome Logan's new Deseret Industries store
By Lisa Rose
October 16, 2006 | Logan residents
welcomed in a new Deseret Industries with the snip of
a ribbon at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12.
"We appreciate you being here today," said Robert
L. Stevenson, president of the Logan Central Stake,
at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "You are in for a treat!"
Twenty-four thousand square feet stocked with never-previously-shopped
donations in the new Deseret Industries is only one
of the treats that the 55,000 square feet building brings
to the community.
Deseret Industries is operated under the welfare
services of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose purpose
is to encourage self-reliance. The new building is actually
a three-part design. Included on either side of the
LDS Family Services and
LDS Employment Resource Services, also entities
of the church welfare services.
The new building will make things more convenient
for the community. The three services were previously
in the valley, but not located near each other.
"What a beautiful addition to 1400 North," said Randy
Watts, Logan mayor, speaking of the three-part building,
"and all under one roof."
The building, at
175 W. 1400 North, is a common design used by the
church, said Steve Stowers, manager of the Logan DI.
"We have been on the list for a long time because we
outgrew our location. We will be able to better optimize
the value of donations in the new facility."
The new DI will provide the community with a greater
volume of merchandise at low prices. The service is
not exclusive to church members; all people are encouraged
to shop and support the DI.
Gail Jordan, Logan, a 10-year DI shopper, is excited
for the bigger selection at the new DI. "When you are
low on funds and you need something, it is the first
place I would come. You never know what they are going
to have. Actually, 80 to 90 percent of my wardrobe came
from the DI."
For Jordan, the fact that the DI employs and trains
individuals with special needs deepens her loyalty to
the thrift-store. Jordan has worked with special needs
students for 13 years as an aid on school buses for
the Logan School District.
"The DI is a wonderful source for those that need
to get their lives back together," said Jordan, "particularly
through the special needs training."
Patti Rash, Smithfield, a volunteer for the grand
opening, agrees that the DI is an excellent source for
training. "The DI gives employees an opportunity to
feel like they are doing something in the world; to
learn a skill and be productive. You cannot learn that
very many places if you are handicapped."
The DI employs many individuals that have had difficulty
finding or holding a job because of psychological, social,
vocational, or physical restraints. ProvidentLiving.org
explains that the DI encourages self-reliance in these
areas. The DI provides training for employees; as well
as, provides inexpensive retail and also a service opportunity
for others to give.
As the manager of the Logan DI, Stowers is eager to
explain that one of the principle purposes of the DI
is to train and help people become self-sufficient.
Over 100 employees at the Logan DI are actively involved
in this training, especially with a new building to
"We are very busy; remarkably we have done it pretty
well with the trainees we have," said Stowers, regarding
the challenge of preparing a new building while still
maintaining the old. "But lots of new opportunities
for training or mentoring are available now. We hope
people will recognize that it is a building that serves
the people, mostly the people inside that are working
Tony Baldwin, a trainee for one year, recognized the
new skills he gained while working to prepare the new
building. "The DI is a training facility that has given
me confidence and a lot more knowledge about merchandising."
"I like the idea that you can help someone that is
far away. Even though you are not there, you are still
helping them," explained Jacob McLain, another trainee
hired on for the new building. "A lot of people do not
realize the benefit of donating. I have seen people
who do not seem to be well off, but they still give
because it is still important to them. It shows the
character of the people in the valley."
Similar to the DI in the community is the thrift store,
Somebody's Attic, located in both Logan and Smithfield.
The store is a non-profit organization which donates
their proceeds to abuse prevention programs in Cache
Valley such as Community
Abuse Prevention Services Agency and also Child
and Family Support Center.
"People in the valley sustain us by donating everything
we sell here," said Karen Cheney, a supervisor at Somebody's
Attic. "We have great people here in the valley, very
Cheney began as a volunteer at Somebody's Attic for
reasons that are similar to individuals that work at
the DI. "I worked with the CAPSA as a client a few years
ago. They helped me get out of an abusive relationship.
I began volunteering to help give something back. It
is not required of anybody; it was something I personally
felt I needed to do."
Somebody's Attic does not have as big a diversity
as the DI. But both serve Cache Valley for similar reasons
and are both propelled from the community's help.
The LDS Employment and LDS Family Services are resources
in Cache Valley to help people with similar problems.
The new building will improve their ability to solve
employment problems and family issues, respectively.
"The facilities are designed to function much more
efficiently," said Lin Huish, manager of the Logan Employment
center. "We can help two to three thousand individuals
a year get jobs."
The new three-part building is instrumental in the
social services that Cache Valley will be able to provide
locally and to surrounding areas in the future. The
new building, including the Deseret Industries, LDS
Employment, and LDS Family Services, said Stowers, is
dedicated "for the community at large."