OGDEN -- In 1938 when Deseret Industries got its start, the Great Depression was nearing its end and many were still jobless. Many LDS families could not afford to buy clothing or other household items."Deseret Industries still has the same central purposes as it did in 1938," said Neil Newell, welfare services manager of Public Affairs for the LDS Church. One of the main goals of the D.I. is to help people who don't have a job to get one. In 1938, as church leaders were trying to help alleviate unemployment and poverty problems, church member Stewart Eccles came on the scene. According to an Ensign article from July 1988, which details the history of the D.I., Eccles had an idea of how to provide a job for himself and many others. The idea of establishing a type of Goodwill store had been presented previously, but Eccles had the idea to have people work in the store who were down on their luck and needing to find employment. Eccles met with church leaders and the idea of Welfare Industries was born, but Brother Eccles didn't like that name so much.