After overcoming homelessness and domestic violence, Marisol Soto made it her duty to help the helpless by offering support and services to Hillsborough County through her new non-profit organization, Guided Path Foundation.
"I know how it is to be hungry," Soto said.
"Because of my life experiences and being able to overcome all of that, I want to help others and be a guide to help them get out of their situation. That’s why I named it guided path, to let people know that there’s resources out there to help them overcome those obstacles."
Soto shares during her struggles she was unaware of any available resources, but thanks to her faith in God and help of her grandmother she was able to reach her full potential and make it out.
She is now a paralegal in her last year of law school and felt it was the perfect time to give back to the community because she understand that not everyone may be as fortunate.
Guided Path Foundation is committed to helping Tampa bay thrive by offering education, health, career and entrepreneurship support programs for children and adults specifically in the areas of behavioral and mental health, crisis intervention, legal services, academic tutoring and in-school support, human services/ACCESS, individual, group and family counseling, foodshare, recreational services, HIV prevention and more.
Being that Tampa is a melting pot of a cultures, Guided Path Foundation aims to help bridge the language gap, offer support to other women that experience domestic violence, and feed the homeless.
Its meals are provided by Potter’s House and they have also partnered with USF to host volunteers and interns to help out with serving the community at their upcoming summer camps for kids.
Soto decided to start the organization where she felt it was needed most — in the heart of Tampa where it is heavily populated, close to the water and accessible by public transportation.
The non-profit is holding its grand opening Saturday (May 19) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2801 Waters Ave. Suite C.
There will be fun for the entire family from free food, to live music from a saxophonist, raffles and giveaways such as $20 gift certificates, face painting and more.
For more information, visit GuidedPathFoundation.org, call (813) 952-4073, or email Marisol Soto at msoto@GuidedPathFoundation.com.
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