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HOUSTON – On Sunday, when President Barack Obama takes the oath for his second term in office, someone in the audience will be living the inauguration with pride, and treasuring each moment as proof that no matter what your origins are, you’ll always be the master of your own future.  Texas Southern University PhD student Juan Sorto will be flying from Houston to Washington, D.C.; but his amazing journey started long before.

“Growing up with a single mother in El Salvador during the 1980s, during the civil war, and not having any type of meal – said Juan Sorto – has motivated me to continue further my mission of helping those in need.”

Today, Juan is a well educated professional with a promising career.  However, instead of focusing on having the newest car on the market, he volunteers his time helping homeless people and poor families in shelters.

“Anything from serving breakfast to working at a supplies store, to anything that they might need help with” – explained Sorto.   “Every time that I’m able to travel to a different city I also like to donate my time.”

Juan is currently specializing in urban planning, in his own words, to help develop low income neighborhoods.  With his service in shelters and his choices as a professional, Juan Sorto is committed to doing his part to end poverty and create new opportunities in our communities.  On Friday, he will be traveling to Washington D.C. in order to see President Obama – from a distance – as he promises to do his part.