Casa is proud of our talented, qualified workforce
Casa staff have an excellent local reputation for the care they take with participants—their drive to make a difference, and advocacy. Families in Alice Springs know our staff go the extra mile.
Our team nourish the whole person: their life goals and dreams. This philosophy permeates all levels, from senior management to frontline workers.
Some staff began at Casa as casual support workers and are now in management positions.
Lalitha Perera’s first career was a far cry from disability work.
He moved from Sri Lanka with his partner in 2009 to Melbourne, where they both studied hard and graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting in 2014, eager for careers in finance.
But Lalitha, 33, found the finance world stressful.
After working in finance and not enjoying it, and then caring for a friend’s child for a while in Melbourne, he realised he wanted to change direction.
So in 2017, they packed up their Melbourne life and drove to the heart of Australia with a new career goal—disability work.
Lalitha studied for his Certificate IV in Disability and began working for Casa in 2018, first as a casual support worker, and then as a team leader. He was recently promoted to case coordinator—a role he’s excited about.
In contrast to the stressful world of finance, ‘helping others feels good’, he says. “I like working with the disabled.”
Helping others is intrinsic to Sri Lankan culture, he says. As a Buddhist with the philosophy of karma—that when you do good for others, you get good things back at some stage—disability work feels like second nature.
He has worked for other disability providers but loves working at Casa.
While some organisations ‘just support participants for the day but not to be independent’ in the long-term, Lalitha says “at Casa they have a plan (for participants)—how they can achieve their goals”.
“They are a good team. The staff have a good working environment and they do their best for the clients.”
Lalitha has seen first-hand how Casa improves clients’ lives.
“I used to work in a few houses and the participants had few opportunities. But after Casa staff worked with them, they improved.
“I saw them improving in their health, and in their capacity.”
While he supports others to achieve their dreams and goals, Lalitha is well on the way to achieving one of his own dreams—to get into disability management.
Good karma all round.