The History of ComfortCare
The Pregnancy Help Center was founded in 1983 by a local group of pastors and concerned citizens. This Staunton, Virginia outreach began with a core of faithful Board members, volunteers, and founding Director, Patty Lam. The mission was clear- to save women and babies from the pain of uneducated reproductive choice.
The statement of faith for ComfortCare can be found here. Statement of Faith
Susan Bang became the second Director in 1985 and served until 1992. Deborah Fann began her position as Executive Director in 1992.
In 1996, a Waynesboro facility was donated and quickly put to use. This clinic location, on the corner of 13th and Magnolia, still exists and is open two days a week to the community.
In 2002, after spending years renting Staunton facilities, a building was purchased in the city on North Augusta Street. This clinic is open to the public four days a week and houses the administrative offices of ComfortCare. Just recently, the mortgage for this building was paid off by a generous $80,000 donation from local supporters.
In 2005, this outreach became a medical clinic, hiring a full-time Nurse Manager and recruiting a Medical Director. This same year, the name was changed to ComfortCare Women’s Health and services grew to incorporate STD testing and pregnancy confirmation. Today, over 18,000 teens and adults have been served by this outreach.
President and CEO, Deborah Fann, retired in 2010 and her replacement, Sommer Hansen, was hired in 2011.
On September 24, 2012, the Rockbridge County clinic was opened in Lexington, VA.
This non-profit 501(c)-3 (EIN# 54-1222456) is supported by corporations, local businesses, individuals and over 75 churches. The majority of ComfortCare’s workforce is provided by loyal volunteer staff.
In April, 2017, Stephanie Crawford was hired as President & CEO.
See Stephanie’s bio here.
Jenn Wade served as Interim President & CEO from October, 2016 through April, 2017
while a search was conducted for a new President & CEO.
Sommer Hansen, was hired as President & CEO in 2011 and served through 2016.
Patty Lam, Founding Director with Past President,
Deb Fann (Photo Taken at Grand ReOpening, 2006)
Susan Bang, Director 1985-1992
(Photo Taken at The Annual Banquet 1991)