Three years after walking through the doors of Marisol Health while pregnant and fearful, Reilly said she feels like an empowered and capable mother.
“My meetings with Marisol Health taught me so much,” said Reilly, 25. “Now I have this amazing framework for being a mother. I was taking it all in and now … it feels so empowering and I feel like I’m not going into parenting blind.”
The mother of a 3-year-old girl said parenting is not what she expected. But inside the welcoming medical clinic in Lafayette, Reilly found a ‘little community’ of support and new moms with similar experiences. She first shared her testimony to a crowd of Marisol Health supporters at the Marisol Tea benefit in 2019 when she talked about the mentoring program, clothing, and resources given to her. Later she joined Marisol’s support group for moms.
Recently Reilly graduated from a school in Longmont with her esthetician license. She is applying for jobs in the field she hopes become a longtime career. During the last year, Marisol Health continued to show support.
“During Christmas time and COVID, they took such good care of me,” she shared about receiving phone calls from staff and gifts through their Adopt-a-Mom program. “I was blown away. I want to recommend them to others moms because of the impact. At Marisol, they focused on the emotion part (of pregnancy and motherhood) and it wasn’t all about the baby. They made sure mom was okay, too. It’s just like this little community.”
Reilly said the support Marisol gave helped her and the father of her child during challenges. Now they are co-parenting and growing into better people, she said. Their daughter is growing fast.
“Even in the last couple of months, she’s become her own person,” Reilly said. “She knows what she wants. She is a people person and funny, precious and sassy.”
The Marisol Health staff other moms she met in the groups helped her learn key skills including patience and boundaries with raising children. She said the women in the group are the only mom friends she has. She hopes to someday be like the Marisol Health staff and other moms who empowered her.
“I just feel grateful,” Reilly said. “I want to thank Marisol Health staff in every way I can. Their grace, strength and patience… I honestly look to them as like gold. I want to be like that someday.”