On the Dan Caplis Show on Jan. 12, 2017, Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver, talked about Marisol and Catholic Charities' unique continuum of care model that will end the need for abortion in Colorado.
The transcript starts at 32:17 of the audio.
DAN CAPLIS: ...A program you have that's based on the hook that you end the need for abortion. Tell us about that?
LARRY SMITH: And that's one of the things we've got to talk about. New administration or old, the real issue is if we're going to stop abortion, we've got to stop the need for abortion. When you look at the women who are experiencing — or are most vulnerable for an abortion — their top reasons for getting an abortion are: Having a baby would dramatically change my life in a negative way; it would stop my education; it would end my career; I wouldn't be able to get a better job; I'll have to take time off; I have other children; I don't have the money; I don't have the housing.
We have come up with a program that eliminates those concerns for young women, especially those young women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy for the first time. And I say that in the plural.
But we never deal with it in the plural. When you come to Catholic Charities, you are an individual. And we never ask someone if they're Catholic or if they've got a religious affiliation. We don't care.
What we care about — we help people because we're Catholic not because they're Catholic. And that's the whole essence behind what we do.
DAN CAPLIS: I love that.
LARRY SMITH: When a woman comes to us, we say: Hey, what do you need?
Where are you? What's going on in your life? We just converted two pregnancy centers into medical centers. So that now when a young woman comes to us, who's experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, we have medical professionals who will sit down and talk to her. We have counselors who will talk to her about whatever her needs are, be it housing, clothing, medical care, supportive care, job training, GED classes, financial literacy, English as a second language. All of those things can be provided through the network of services that are either provided directly by Catholic Charities or that we partner with.
If that woman has a problem with homelessness, this summer we acquired two maternity homes through a partnership. We have seven rooms for women who are homeless and experiencing a pregnancy.
We have Marisol Home[s], which we're in the process of moving to a new location, which will be 17 rooms. We launched another new home called the Garrison House in Lakewood. It's an additional six rooms for single women and children. While they're pregnant, we have a home for them. And then we have all kinds of other programs like Gabriel House, which can provide food, clothing, formula and any of the other basic needs a new young mother might have.
DAN CAPLIS: I love that, what you just said: we help people because we're Catholic, not because they're Catholic. I think people need to know that. If they come to Catholic Charities for help, they're not going to get beat up to become a Catholic or be proselytized. I think it goes back to the adage: preach the Gospel and when you absolutely have to, use words. You're doing your thing by example.