Rachel Baertlein, another patient at Bella and a nurse at Swedish Medical Center, described the atmosphere of the clinic as comfortable.
"When you go to the doctor, it's very sterile often times and very cold. You feel very uncomfortable," she said, "going to Bella is warm and inviting and it feels like home in a lot of ways."
Women are provided with linen instead of paper on their examination tables. A spacious waiting room reflects the at-home feel of a living room, complete with comfy couches, a cozy fireplace and toys for kids to play with. The walls are painted in warm tones, and there is a Chapel with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of the pregnant Virgin Mother.
Though Bella is faith-based, Baertlein said she was surprised to see that a lot of Bella's patients are not Catholic.
"I don't know how they stumble upon Bella, but they find that they're cared for well and that they're loved there," she said.
The clinic has had 8,800 encounters with women from all walks of life. Women are never refused care, as 36 percent of care is to non-insured or underinsured patients, and $62,000 of free care has been given to those in need.
Before the June 23 soirée, Archbishop Aquila celebrated Mass for the clinic at St. Louis Catholic Church, just down the street from Bella.
"The Gospel reading for us today is not one of the easier ones that Jesus preaches," he said.
In Matthew chapter seven, Jesus tells the disciples, "not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of heaven. Only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven."
Archbishop Aquila accredited Bella's growth to founders Chism and Sinnett saying 'yes' to the will of God. He said they built their apostolate on rock, like the wise man, and trusted in God though they faced many challenges and doubts.
"When one looks at the fruit that has been born and come out of Bella, one can see it is of the Lord. It is the work of the Spirit."
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In the midst of darkness and the culture of death today, the archbishop said, "we must be those who point to the truth of life no matter what the cost, and who share that life with others."
He later told CNA that Bella is a tremendous witness to the culture of life, and he "is joy-filled that it is growing so much."
The Summer Soirée raised more than $125,000 for the mission of Bella Natural Women's Care.