Media Inquires

NPR Tour Sheds Light

NPR was granted access to tour Southwest Key Program’s Houston shelter, Casa Sunzal, which houses up to 223 youth from 16-17 years old.

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Southwest Key has been an integral partner in the U.S. response to the immigration crisis at our southern border. We play no role in the apprehension or initial detention of immigrant children, but seek to shelter, care for, and reunify minors who arrive in this country alone.

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Caring and Reunifying

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Employee Spotlight

Before I started working at Southwest Key, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I have always enjoyed working with adolescents and I knew this was an opportunity to make a difference.

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Douglas Ward

Douglas Ward

"As a teacher, there is no better feeling than being around people who genuinely want to learn."


Unaccompanied Minor

Within 72-hours of a child’s arrival at a Southwest Key facility, our case managers begin working on the process of reunification.

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Intake Process

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Southwest Key Programs Mission

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 four areas of programming: immigrant children’s shelters, youth justice, Workforce Solutions and Promesa Public Schools.
Check out our 2020 annual report.

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 Justice Alternatives

Southwest Key’s Youth Justice Program is based on the core principle that positive change can happen though therapeutic, educational and community-based programs.

How Our Shelters Work

Protecting Children

Youth Justice

Positive Change

Workforce Solutions

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

Promesa Public Schools

Not all children have access to a college preparatory education. Promesa Public Schools believe that everyone deserves access to a quality education.

Workforce Solutions

Quality of Life

Promesa Public Schools

Quality Education

Success Stories

We serve thousands of children and families each year through our four 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 operates programs in 7 states: Texas, Arizona, California, Georgia, New York, Wisconsin, and Florida. Our national headquarters is located in Austin, Texas.

Opening doors to opportunity so individuals can achieve their dreams.