Saturday, September 19, 2009

This is something WELL worth supporting


LAHH* (see below for more information) is participating in the “Share to Win “ contest launched by 3banana.com. We need to collect the largest number of comments on a note describing why people should care about our cause in order to win the contest and collect a money prize that will help LAHH to continue to fulfill their mission of providing employment for persons with disabilities.

What we are asking takes two minutes of your time and few clicks!

To help us to win the contest follow these simple steps:

1) Go to http://bit.ly/Q9mlC where you’ll find our note

2) Click on "Sign up"

3) Fill the information to register

4) Cick on "comment" and leave your message

Make sure you see your comment below our note!

That’s it!
A little effort means a lot to us!

Los Angeles Habilitation House Mission

Creating and maintaining job opportunities for persons with disabilities that will help them to develop, express, and apply their talents and maximize their contribution to the community and society at large. In the future, we will provide support services for senior citizens.

LAHH Torrance Crew
LAHH Torrance Crew

"When I interviewed for the position I now hold with LAHH" - says Cris H. "I expected that I was walking into "just another job. On the first day of Boot Camp I realized I had found an opportunity that was golden. The training was delivered with a level of detail that ensured there was no confusion or miss-understanding about what it was I had to do. The training and methodology behind the OS1 system is such that it makes working as a janitor an enjoyable experience. When I began working with the team at the HRC in Torrance I realized that being here with LAHH was far more than just a job. It has proven to be exactly what a veteran facing so many challenges needed".

- Cris Hartsock, LAHH Employee

Theresa and Nancy
Theresa and Nancy

"The fact that LAHH uses the word 'house' in their vision statement sums up the nurturing, compassionate and often contagious warmth that you feel when you meet Nancy and Guido. You feel a sense of 'family' that often many individuals with disabilities long for, the sense of belonging to a family. The LAHH not only becomes a place for them to work, it also becomes a ‘home’."
- Theresa May de Vera, Commissioner, Commission on Disability

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Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."