I started at the Humanitarian Center on Monday. I had an orientation and a brief run through of what my duties will be. I will be serving with another sister that is in her 70s named Sister Thane. She will be at the Humanitarian Center Thursday and Friday and I will be there Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I’m working very closely with the administrative assistant at the center. She has been working with the Humanitarian Center for over 8 years, but has only been in this position for about 6 months.
The Humanitarian Center is a huge building with a lot going on all of the time. Everything that is done in the building goes directly to helping people. The first thing I should say is that we hire refugees as well as U.S. citizens that need help finding work. Refugees are paid to work for 4 hours and learn English for 4 hours. We try to find positions that fit the person’s skill level and match what they are looking for in a future job. The Humanitarian Center is considered to be a training facility for people to learn job skills and English so that they can be placed in a job when they are ready. Some of the jobs that we train for are forklift driving, manufacturing, sewing, baling, and custodial jobs.
The majority of the building is like a factory. Here workers sort clothes and shoes that have been donated to Deseret Industries. There is also another part of the building where quilts are made to send to people in need. The clothes go directly to people in need or to the Deseret store where the profits are then used to help people in need. We also have another building where beds are made to sell at Deseret Industries.
The other part of the building is made up of classrooms, offices, a devotional area, and a cafeteria. We have devotionals every Tuesday morning. At the devotionals we have a spiritual thought and recognize the progress that has been made over the last week. There are some classrooms that have computers for workers to learn computer skills and work on resumes and other job related tasks. The cafeteria has 3 different stations and a new menu is put out every week. The meal is free for missionaries, $2.50 for workers, and $3.50 for staff. The food is pretty good and you definitely get your money’s worth.
Anyway, there’s a lot more to talk about, but I’ll write more about it next week.
If anyone wants to take a tour of the Humanitarian Center, here is the information: Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday, on the hour, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Evening tours may also be scheduled Tuesday through Thursday. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Call (801) 240-6060 to schedule a tour.
Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center
1665 Bennett Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84104