Sontag/Sulzbacher Collaborative Effort

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Community Health Outreach Collaborates with The Sulzbacher Center to Meet Demand for Dental Services

Effort to close critical service gaps in oral health facilitated by The Sontag Foundation

Jacksonville, Florida- August 20, 2015— Community Health Outreach (CHO) is proud to announce a new service model which will utilize the dental services of The Sulzbacher Center at the recently constructed Healing Hands Dental and Medical Clinic of Community Health Outreach. These new services will be provided at the building funded through “The Apple Project’s” community donors.

This collaboration will combine the dental resources and management expertise of The Sulzbacher Center with the dental outreach services of Community Health Outreach. The goal of this partnership is to address the critical service gaps in oral healthcare facing First Coast residents by providing additional dental services and increasing awareness of the importance of good oral healthcare. The Sontag Foundation has provided guidance and startup funds to create this innovative service model.  Rick Sontag, Founder and President of The Sontag Foundation, is pleased with this promising partnership. “We’re proud to have acted as a catalyst for putting these two great organizations together in order to provide needed dental services to a segment of a population that greatly needs the help”.

The first phase of the partnership will increase the number of appointments for emergency dental care for the estimated 600 people on CHO’s waiting list by expanding operations to five days a week. The long term objective is to incorporate comprehensive dental services into this collaborative model. “Our mission is to serve our community through our various ministries. The Healing Hands Dental and Medical Clinic was designed to address a very important need. We appreciate the collaboration with our friends at The Sulzbacher Center and The Sontag Foundation to help us accomplish our mission,” states Rev. Anthony Ferguson, Board President.

Cindy Funkhouser, CEO and President of The Sulzbacher Center, enthusiastically agreed “For 10 years, we’ve seen the incredible impact that dental services can have on an individual. From the relief that comes from eliminating pain to the confidence a person gains when their teeth—and smile—are fixed, good dental health can truly change the direction of people’s lives, said Funkhouser.”  “We are very happy to partner with Community Health Outreach. We share a common goal – to increase access to needed dental services for the underserved in our community.”

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Community Health Outreach, trade name of Westjax Outreach, is a non-profit community-based organization primarily serving Duval County residents through a Ministry started by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church that seeks to fulfill Matthew 25:35-36, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me”. These ministries offer the following services to individuals who meet the eligible criteria: emergency dental and primary care services for uninsured residents of Duval County through the Healing Hands Dental and Medical Clinic, free pregnancy testing and counseling, and newborn and infant services through Baby Luv, and free food assistance through The Lord’s Pantry. These services are given to the members of the community who need it most. For more information, visit

The Sulzbacher Center provides the opportunity for homeless men, women and children to achieve a better life. The center’s comprehensive services include street outreach, daily meals, safe shelter, case management support, job placement assistance, medical, dental, and behavioral health care as well as scattered-site housing. Every day, the Sulzbacher Center is home to more than 350 homeless members of our community, many of whom are children. For more information, visit

The Sontag Foundation, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is a private foundation that has awarded $43 million in grants in the following areas of interest: brain cancer research conducted throughout the United States and Canada, rheumatoid arthritis research conducted in the United States, and programs fostering the self-sufficiency of individuals in a seven-county area of Northeast Florida. For more information, visit