The Santiago/Mota Family
Rosa learned what it meant to take care of others at a very young age. Her mother died when she was only three years old and, by the age of 12, Rosa bore much of the responsibility for her younger siblings’ care.
With alcohol and physical abuse present in the home, Rosa made the decision to live on her own at 14. Rosa met Roberto a few years later and the two were excited to be welcoming their son, Manuel, to the family.
Manuel, now three years old, was born prematurely and had feeding problems requiring him to stay in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit after he was born. Once he was strong enough to go home, Southwest Human Development was there to help with that transition and immediately began providing services for Manuel and his family.
“Being pregnant and having Manuel changed my life for the better,” said Rosa Santiago, Manuel’s mom.