David Suleiman, a restauranteur and business owner, owns several restaurants in The Villages, Florida. Aside from his professional pursuits, David Suleiman supports several charitable organizations including SoZo Kids, which serves children living in poverty in the Ocala National Forest.
Within the borders of the 430,000-acre Ocala National Forest in Florida live 45,000 people, many of whom live in extreme poverty. Launched by David Houck, SoZo Kids aims to provide relief for the children in Ocala National Forest. The word Sozo, meaning “to rescue” or “to save” in Greek, reflects the goal of the organization, which is to provide hope, healing, and help to children in need through a sponsorship program.
The money donated through SoZo’s sponsorship program provides the means to distribute food, clothing, and supplies to children affected by poverty. In addition, SoZo Kids has developed several helpful programs for sponsored children, including the Turning Point Mentor Center.
The Turning Point Mentor Center provides children in Kindergarten through 12th grade a safe place for after school and summer care. They also benefit from homework help, tutoring, free food, and a supportive atmosphere. Kids coming to the Turning Point Mentor Center experience a comfortable environment with running water, advantages that not every child has at home. Dedicated volunteers work to give kids hope and encourage and equip them to think beyond their current, difficult circumstances.