A conversation with Nancy Albin, convert from Protestantism. Nancy Albin is currently providing management and leadership for Los Angeles Habilitation House, Inc. LAHH was formed during a lunch break between the Founding Directors, Guido Piccarolo and Nancy Albin in February 2005 while they were working at The Walt Disney Company in finance and accounting. Together, Nancy and Guido wrote a Statement of Value that is the basis for the company today: “We believe that the passion to fulfill ourselves informs how we live our lives and work at our jobs. We want to promote a society that helps everyone fulfill their real needs: truth, beauty, happiness, love and justice. In doing so, we can be ourselves and treat others with unconditional love and respect for their human dignity. We need a “house” like a child needs a family to be helped, educated, corrected and supported. We need a “house” that will continually reawaken the will to work, to take chances, to invent. We need a “house” that will prevent an individual from becoming alienated and cynical.” Today there are 26 employees of LAHH, 18 of whom are individuals with disabilities.
Prior to working with LAHH, Nancy’s acquired expertise in corporate balance sheet audits, working with a Big 4 Accounting Firm and doing financial budgeting, forecasting, and analysis for a Fortune 500 Company that is a leader in family entertainment. Nancy is glad that she can bring her talents and experience to bear at LAHH and focus all of her energies on fulfilling its mission.
Nancy supports Habitat for Humanity, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Rural Grace Food Pantry. She uses the following quote to explain the experience of working with LAHH, “Every morning in Africa a gazelle, wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are a gazelle or a lion, when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!”(Maurice Greene; attributed to Roger Bannister shortly after his running the first sub-4 mile).