|Grain silos at Welfare Square|
You would think I would have been there already, since I only live 25 minutes away from this amazing place. But this busy mom needed to make it a priority to travel down I-15 to spend an afternoon there.
|Quilt in one of the hallways. The beehive is the symbol of industry.|
I arrived at 1 p.m. and entered the visitors center on the north-end of the Bishop’s Storehouse where two amazing LDS sister missionaries greeted me; Sister Samoa and Sister California. At this time of day, I had a private tour all to myself.
They shared a beautiful film about the purpose of the welfare program. The film explained how the Church helps those in need with food, clothing, and help finding employment. Fast offering funds from church members helps provide for the food in the storehouse, or it is produced on church-owned agricultural property. The service rendered is patterned after the teachings of Jesus Christ who spent his life reaching out to those in need.
After the film, we walked through the Bishop’s Storehouse where church members who have talked with their bishop can come for food. There is also a transient service center that gives food to homeless people from all faiths. We entered a huge warehouse where pallets of food were stocked on shelves similar to those in Costco. They also showed me an emergency food kit used to feed people after a disaster. Each kit is modified for the diet of those in the country or area of the disaster.
|Sample disaster emergency kit.|
Next I saw the dairy area where cheddar cheese is cut into 1 lb. blocks.
|Cheddar cheese being cut. Volunteers are in the blue caps.|
I was able to sample some chocolate milk, cheese, wheat bread and butter. Fresh is definitely wonderful!
We past the Deseret Industries thrift store where those on church assistance are given clothing and furnishings. The sisters said only 15% of donations are sold in the thrift stores, and 85% of donations are sent to places in need and around the world. Amazing! And only the items in the best condition are sent. I keep a box in my garage all the time for items we donate to the D.I.
We walked into the LDS Employment Services where members and non-members come for help to find a job. Many people of those looking for jobs were working on computers. They can also take classes to learn how to create a resume and how to interview for a job.
After my tour, I returned to the home storage center to can some oats; one of our food storage breakfast goals this month. I only needed 12 cans, but we canned extra for someone else in need. It was quick and I loved the help I received. I was done in 20 minutes! Afternoons are a great time to go.
|Oats in my cans|
|A few of the great senior service missionaries who helped me today.|
If you are ever in the Salt Lake City area, call (801) 240-4872 to schedule a weekday tour of Welfare Square. They are open all year long (except holidays). Tours start at the top of each hour and are free. The address is 780 West 800 South Salt Lake City, UT 84104.
Welfare and Self-Reliance from Mormon Newsroom
Welfare Square Service by Bottle and Loaf, Ensign Magazine, October 2001
Missionary Moments: Real Welfare work from LDS Church News