Outreach

Receive referrals and guidance and find community as you navigate services available in your community.

Frida’s Boutique

Free, quality clothing that you and your family will love.

LGBTQ+ Support

A safe place for young people to meet others with similar experiences.

Education

Classes, workshops, and seminars designed to empower YOU. Be sure to check the public calendar for upcoming events.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Education

Childbirth prep, infant feeding classes, and much more!

Advocacy

Events to engage community members and leaders in critical conversations to move the needle of progress forward.

Menstrual Justice

We believe that menstrual hygiene is a human right.

Affirming Health Care Plan

Improved access to quality health and mental health care

About Us

Who We Are

Mission and Vision

Solace Health and Wellness is a sexual and reproductive health, wellness, and justice space. With a focus on education, advocacy, and outreach we utilize a Reproductive Justice Framework to guide our work.

Although reproductive injustices towards minority women, and especially Black women, date back to the founding of our country and to slavery, the Reproductive Justice Framework was developed in in the 1990s by a group of women, collectively known as Sister Song, that was based in Atlanta, Georgia. This group of women claimed that by joining together in this movement, they could better “do collectively what we cannot do individually”. We honor the work that these women have done and continue to do to move the needle of reproductive justice forward.

Our vision is a world free from health disparities and inequities for all medically vulnerable populations.

The Reproductive Justice Framework:

  • The right to have children,
  • The right to not have children,
  • The right to raise the children we do have in safe and sustainable communities,
  • The right to autonomy over our bodies and our health.

Who We Serve

Frida’s Boutique

Offering free clothing to the community has positive impacts on mental health, and can help individuals feel more confident socially, at work, and at school. Because Solace is located right across from the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter, Frida’s Boutique serves many individuals who are staying there as they often leave unsafe situations with nothing but the clothes on their back. Similarly, we have infant and toddler clothing available as a way to support families with various needs. Our Boutique also serves as a way for trans or gender queer individuals in the area to access gender affirming clothing at no cost. Where the community closet serves these populations, our closet is truly for everyone to enjoy!

Medically Marginalized Communities

Underserved Women and Birthing Families

The United States is in the midst of a maternal and infant health emergency. Despite spending the most on healthcare of the industrialized countries of the world, our maternal health and infant health outcomes are among the worst of all ranked. Here in Lucas County, we are ranked amongst the lowest of all 88 counties in Ohio. Though the causes are as complex as the system in which they exist, we at Solace are committed to being a part of the solution. Much of our service line is intended to care for the most vulnerable mothers and babies in our community, so that we can help create healthier and happier families.

LGBTQ+ Adults and Youth

LGBTQ+ adults report experiencing discrimination across all major sectors of American society, including housing, healthcare access, in education and in the workforce (americanprogress.org). When it comes to healthcare, LGBTQ+ adults are more likely to forego accessing basic healthcare services due to fear of discrimination and unequal treatment. This leads to increased risk of chronic disease as well as complications from normal ailments such as infections.

When it comes to mental health issues, therapists who are not trained to understand and treat issues and conditions that are experienced by the LGBTQ+ differently risk placing those individuals that they see under more risk of harm. Solace regularly engages in work that aims to increase the competency of medical and mental health providers so that LGBTQ+ adults can feel safe and confident in their providers’ care.

LGBTQ+ youth face increased social stigma related to their identities, and they also must navigate the internal pressures associated with growing up and becoming more comfortable in their bodies and perspectives. Based on the increased anti LGBTQ+ legislation being proposed and passed in the United States, it is clear that LGBTQ+ youth are at risk for harm. For example, 45% of LGBTQ+ youth have seriously considered attempting suicide (thetrevorproject.org). This statistic is significantly reduced when LGBTQ+ youth live in a community that supports them (thetrevorproject.org).

According to HRC’s analysis of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey, 31% of LGBTQ+ youth, 43% of transgender youth and 40% of questioning youth have been bullied at school, compared to 16% of their non-LGBTQ+ peers.

History

Although the doors at Solace officially opened in 2021, the idea for Solace took shape in 2020 when the world as we know it shut down. Founder, Erin Marten, was happily working away as a midwife in a very busy hospital practice with five other midwives, living out her dream of providing sexual and reproductive health care and “catching babies.” But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, medical practices were forced to prioritize only absolutely necessary cases, and suddenly, there just wasn’t enough work to keep everyone busy.  Erin used this “opportunity” to start building Solace.

As a midwife, Erin knew how the health care system is failing our women, mothers, and birthing people.  Women — especially Black women — are dying during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.  LGBTQ+ individuals struggle to get affirming sexual and reproductive care. Access to contraceptives, abortion care, and other medical services are under attack.  Erin decided to start Solace as an antidote, rooted in the Reproductive Justice tradition.

Although the format and programming at Solace have changed over time, our mission stays consistent. We are here to shake up the status quo and to create different expectations in the care of medically vulnerable populations. Join us in our journey as we create unique community partnerships and programs, reach and teach the community in different ways, and work to influence systems and the way in which people experience them.