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At Southwest Key Programs, we are proud of our work and eager to discuss our experience providing essential care and services to unaccompanied minors who have fled their home countries to seek a better life in the United States.

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Trauma-Informed Care practices enable Southwest Key Programs to do our best work and truly help children and families thrive.

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Why We Use Trauma-Informed Care (and you should too)

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Employee Giving Funds Helping Families in Need

Serving kids and families is more than a job, it’s a calling. That’s why we have Southwest Key’s Employee Giving fund. We want to keep giving back to the communities and families in need, especially during tough times.

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Launching Virtual Education at Southwest Key Shelters

Education is a huge part of life at Southwest Key. But in 2020, education at Southwest Key needed to go virtual — and fast.

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The Flores Settlement Agreement: A Visual Guide

Learn the impact and history of the Flores Settlement Agreement and how it affects Immigrant Children's Shelters with this captivating infographic.

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Southwest Key Programs

As a national, nonprofit organization, Southwest Key exists to create opportunities and improve the quality of life for thousands of youth and families each day by providing safe shelter, alternatives to incarceration, career development and quality education. This is done through three areas of programming: Immigrant Children’s Shelters, Youth and Family Services and Workforce Solutions.

Immigrant Children’s Shelters

For more than 20 years, Southwest Key has been an integral partner in the U.S. response to the immigration crisis at our southern border, sheltering immigrant children.


Youth and Family Services

Our Youth and Family Services are based on the core principle that positive change can happen through therapeutic, educational and community-based programs.


Workforce Solutions

Workforce Solutions creates economic growth and enhances the quality of life for job seekers, employers and community members in Cameron County, Texas


Success Stories

We serve thousands of children and families each year through our three areas of programming. Many carry incredible stories of courage, resilience, and hope. We share just a few of their stories here, and those of our employees, so that you may learn more about the life-changing services we provide.

Commitment to Helping

The youth and families we work with are seeking equality, education, and a healthier quality of life. At Southwest Key, we are committed to helping them achieve that dream.

Southwest Key offers services nationwide through programs in several states, including Texas, Arizona, California, Georgia, New York and Florida. Our national headquarters is located in Austin, Texas.

Headline: Opening Doors to Opportunity