An advocate against and survivor of domestic abuse and homelessness, Marisol Soto, founder and CEO of Guided Path, originally founded the organization in 2009. The following year, Marisol put the establishment on hold while she completed her Paralegal studies. Relaunched in 2018, Guided Path has provided hot meals, clothing, and Medicaid assistance to residents and community members of the Hillsborough-Tampa County. She hopes to use her life experiences and passion to empower and guide others who have suffered similar experiences in improving their lives and outcomes.
§ Partnering with the Florida Department of Health and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), we have become a satellite site for HIV testing, education and prevention programs. Residents of Hillsborough-Tampa County, and beyond, are invited to stop by 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) to receive testing and become informed of their status. Trained by the Dept. of Health, our staff is thoroughly trained in providing testing and maintaining confidentiality, as per HIPPA law.
§ Beyond HIV, a disease with a recognized disparity among the homeless and economically disadvantaged, Guided Path also provides other STD testing and Hepatitis (Hep-C) testing, as well as educational and prevention services.
§ Other health services provided by Guided Path includes a condom distribution program, health educational/management classes, a diabetic screening program, and a lead/environmental exposure screening program (typically for low-income households).
Joining forces with ____ and ____ , Guided Path aims to eliminate preventable hunger in the Hillsborough-Tampa County. Weekly and on one scheduled Saturday per month, we deliver prepared food to the elderly through our Meals on Wheels program. Twice a month, a food truck can be found at our headquarters distributing food to the community. For those who are unable to attend our food drives, Guided Path has partnered with ___ soup kitchen to refer those who inquire a location for hearty hot meals.
Our partnership with Potter House provides Naturally Wise Summer Camp students with three full meals daily. Children who are not a part of Naturally Wise are still invited to attend to receive at least one hot lunch and snack.
§ Through partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), we have become a satellite site equipped with the ability of assisting community members and residents in submitting the applications necessary to receive the essential services requested.
§ Regarding other legal services, we are a for-profit liaison, equipped to handle (or refer to other community partners) the most common legal requests, including but not limited to;
o Child Custody
o Family Law
o Record expungement
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