Jen Boryla, a Marisol Volunteer Coordinator, told CNA that "we want a health center that promotes the wellbeing of the entire person – mind, body and spirit."
"We hope that by educating and teaching the younger generation about a better way to be healthy and to think about their family planning, we can influence our culture broadly, as well as impact individual's lives," Boryla said.
So far, Marisol has seen a successful response at all of their locations. Since 2013, when the idea of Marisol was starting to take shape, they have seen 240 babies born to mothers that their services have helped. Within the past 7 months, Marisol has also provided all-inclusive prenatal care to more than 77 women.
"We are definitely having a positive response, and we are growing every month in the number of women who are hearing about our services and that are coming to us," she continued.
In addition, Marisol Health centers are also offering mammograms – a vital piece of women's healthcare that other clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, does not offer. They also offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and STD/STI testing.
"We have partnered with St. Joe's mobile mammography program, and they will be servicing us at both of our Marisol sites and also at the Bella Natural Women's Care in Englewood," she noted.
Marisol's success has already made it a potential model for healthcare in other states and dioceses throughout the country. Jan said that Marisol is "actively planning" with other programs across the country that are interested in developing more comprehensive healthcare for women.
Future goals for Marisol include one major, overarching theme: ending the need for abortion in Colorado.
"In order to do that, we need the resources for the intensive care that this takes, and we do believe that there are thousands of men, women and families who need these services," Jan stated.
"Our real hope is to fill our current health centers to capacity and then with the support of donors and grants and other funding to expand to other communities in Colorado, both along the Front Range and possibly into the mountain communities."