About Community Health Outreach
CHO offers free services to the uninsured and financially insecure
Hours of Operation
Food Pantry Hours:
Mon 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Senior Citizens only. Bring your ID)
Wed 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Baby Luv Hours:
Mon 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wed 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Medical Clinic Hours*:
Mon, Tues, Thu 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wed and Fri 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Dental Clinic Hours*:
Mon, Tues, Thu 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wed and Fri 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
Staff of Community Health Outreach
Meredith N. Smith
Meredith Smith joined Community Health Outreach (CHO) as Executive Director in September 2019. Smith previously worked fifteen years in editorial acquisitions for corporate publishing, employed by global corporations that included Men’s Health Magazine and Hachette Livre, before transitioning into a career in healthcare. A licensed health care worker, Smith prioritizes evidence-informed care and long-term health for patients with chronic health issues. She brings a depth of experience from volunteering in large metropolitan areas—women’s homeless shelter in New York City, a food bank in Toronto, and a medical clinic in Nashville—to the services in hunger assistance, maternal and children’s health support, and no-cost medical and dental care at CHO.
Virginia J. Pillsbury
Virginia Pillsbury came on board as the assistant director of Community Health Outreach in September 2019. Before that she was an active CHO volunteer and board member.
A mission trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2011 caused Virginia to want to help those in need in Jacksonville. That desire led her to volunteer with Church without Walls, Clara White Mission, and The Sulzbacher Center. She also completed two units of Clinic Pastoral Education with Baptist Health.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Emory University and she has served as a freelance writer as well as contributing editor for Beson4 Media Group before becoming involved in local ministries. Virginia is married to Walter and they have six children and five grandsons. Virginia and Walter attend St. Peter’s Church which was the founding body of CHO in 1988.
As Food Pantry manager Charles Green oversees the receiving and distribution of food. He assumes total responsibility for all pantry operations including transportation, storage, ground, etc.
He loves the warm, friendly, and down to earth atmosphere at CHO and he enjoys helping people.
Green says that at CHO we pay no attention to socio-economic or educational backgrounds. We are made up of the highly educated and the uneducated, and each and every day we gladly serve those who come to us in need.
Shavon manages Baby Luv’s pregnancy crisis center while offering much needed help to our beloved clients.
Free pregnancy testing is provided, and clients can come and shop at Baby Luv once a month and choose clothing, shoes, toys, books, and baby equipment. Clients also can receive diapers, wipes, and formula monthly.
Shavon’s favorite thing about working at Baby Luv is the serendipity that happens in real time. Everyday something is donated and almost immediately another person comes in who desperately needed that item. It is a beautiful way to spend a day!
The staff is awesome…..they do a lot for the community. I so glad to be apart of there Legacy! The give to around 700 families weekly. If your open to help please give a hand!
Board of Directors
Steve Taylor, CHO Board Chair, Dedicated Senior Medical Center
Les Holman, CHO Treasurer, Owner-Holman, Inc.
Tracy Deadman, CHO Board Director, Senior Auditor, BDO
Rob Bramlett, CHO Board Director, Commercial Insurance Adviser, LassiterWare Insurance
Cheryl Flanders, CHO Board Director, Member, Grace Episcopal Church, former social worker
Michele Bear, CHO Board Director, Executive Director, Baptist MD Anderson Revenue Cycle
Alejandro “Chef Amadeus” Amador, CHO Board Director, Professional Chef
Sorena Fallin, JD, CHO Board Director, Partner, Ragsdale Liggett PLLC
Phil Ayles, CHO Board Director, City Coordinator, Jacksonville, Team Rubicon
Melanie Bartholomew, CHO Board Director, Counselor, Clay County School Board
Matthew Garman, The Haskell Company