Hearing For the First Time

Mateo success story

Mateo was a 17-year-old boy from Honduras who was born deaf and whose mother was unable to afford medical care or provide schooling for him to learn sign language. When Mateo was seven, his mother moved to the United States to find work, leaving him in the care of his aunt and uncle. When he came to the U.S. ten years later, Mateo was placed at a Southwest Key shelter where staff recognized during the intake process that he couldn’t hear or sign.

Rescued From Trafficking

Maya success story

Maya was a shy girl of nearly 18 when she arrived at a Southwest Key shelter in the summer of 2018. Quietly relaying her story to her case manager, she told of the two-year-old daughter back home in Honduras she had to leave behind to seek work in the U.S.