In 2005 the Salvatorians opened “Casa Hogar El Encuentro”, the first shelter for homeless street children aged 3 to 14. It started with five children, discovered by a Salvatorian Father in an abandoned house. They were severely malnourished and suffered from skin infections caused by the abject poverty they found themselves in. A second shelter home, “Casa Hogar El Timón”, was then opened in the year 2008, for those aged 15 to 20. All of the kids have lived through extreme situations in their short lives (abuse, neglect, violence of all sorts, abandonment). In a time-span of eleven years over fifty children and adolescents have been helped this way. Some of the younger ones have moved on to the shelter home for the older boys where they find support to find a job or to get schooling so that they can thenceforth integrate into the community and build a life for themselves.