Catholic Charities transforms clinics to provide women comprehensive services
Catholic Charities opened newly remodeled medical clinics called Marisol Health to provide life-affirming and compassionate care for women and their families.
The clinic locations in Denver and Lafayette were recently transformed to increase capacity and meet more women’s physical, material, emotional and spiritual needs through Catholic Charities’ continuum of care model.
Catholic Charities of Denver CEO Larry Smith told Charities USA magazine in an interview that the new clinics are part of its approach to focus on women’s needs first.
“Sometimes we forget that you have to help the woman before you can help the child that she’s carrying. And so that is our focus now, focusing on the woman first, meeting her where she is and helping her, and then we get to talk about her baby,” Smith said.
At the helm of Marisol Health is vice president Jan McIntosh who said the one-stop clinics offer women along the Front Range medical care, counseling and human services from conception to natural death. The services are offered at no cost of low cost for those most in need.
“At Marisol Health, women and families in our community can access truly life-affirming and comprehensive medical services regardless of their ability to pay,” McIntosh said. “Our compassionate medical team and staff will help women where they are at and in a way they’ve never experienced before.”
Marisol Health is based on the unique continuum of care model that offers clients services at all ages and stages while leveraging existing resources in Catholic Charities’ women’s services, shelter and community outreach services, and family and children’s services in the Archdiocese of Denver. Medical services at Marisol Health are provided by Bella Natural Women’s Care and Family Wellness.
Marisol Home undergoes renovation
If a mother finds herself with a new baby and without a home, Catholic Charities offers Marisol Home (formerly Fr. Ed Judy House). Opened in 2005, the home provides an extended stay option for women and children to transition into stable housing
The new home location near St. Bernadette School in Lakewood is undergoing renovations to accommodate more mothers and children through the Marisol Home program.
Theresa Miller, children’s program and volunteer coordinator for Marisol Home, told CCUSA that it is unlike any other program because it offers housing indefinitely, as long as families continue to work toward housing.
“Often families would hop from shelter to shelter, so we opened to serve as an in-between for emergency housing and long-term transitional housing,” she told the magazine.
Construction is expected to be complete in February 2017.
Marisol Health locations
3894 Olive St., Denver
What is Marisol Health?
Marisol Health embraces women and families with life-affirming medical care, counseling and social services. Its centers, located in Denver and Lafayette, are fully equipped to help women make important decisions about their reproductive health. Medical staff offer a truly positive experience in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.