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Southwest Key Highlighted In NALCAB Newsletter

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

—Noticias from NALCAB

Aug 25, 2014

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Below is a reprint of a newsletter article from the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). NALCAB represents and serves a geographically and ethnically diverse group of nonprofit community development and asset building organizations that are anchor institutions in our nation's Latino communities. Read on to see what NALCAB has to say about new member Southwest Key Programs and our diverse system of asset building in East Austin. You can also read the article at the NALCAB website.

Southwest Key Shines Light on Youth, Opportunity

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) welcomes and highlights new members in this section of Noticias. Membership is diverse and includes affordable housing developers, micro-lenders, economic development corporations and consumer counseling agencies. Their common ground is expertise in implementing responsible, market-based strategies for creating jobs, developing neighborhood assets and building family wealth in predominately Latino communities.

Based in Austin, TX, Southwest Key Programs is a national, nonprofit organization that provides transformative education, innovative safe shelters, and alternatives to incarceration for over 200,000 youth and families annually. The inspiring youth and parents with whom the organization works are seeking the American dream: equality, education, and a higher quality of life. Southwest Key states that they simply open the doors to opportunity so people can achieve those dreams.

Just as Southwest Key helps families to become self-sufficient, the organization has taken some innovative steps towards greater self-sufficiency itself. It operates a number of small businesses, including: Cafe del Sol, The Blooming Florist, Southwest Key Green Energy and Construction, Southwest Key Maintenance, and Southwest Key Workforce Development. These social enterprises serve a double bottom line creating jobs for low-income residents while bringing in funds to support the nonprofit mission. Its Social Enterprise Complex, creating over 100 jobs and housing these and other workforce development initiatives, was the first of its kind in the country when construction was completed at the Southwest Key East Austin headquarters in 2011.

Nationwide, Southwest Key operates 68 juvenile justice and family programs, safe shelters for immigrant children, schools and various community-building initiatives. It ranks 4th among the Top Hispanic Nonprofits in America, employing a creative and diverse staff of more than 2,200 employees.