Facility for developmentally disabled gets overhauled kitchen

Members of the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Leadership class raised $20,000 and did dome of the work themselves on redoing a kitchen at the Queen's Pons facility for developmentally disabled individuals operated by Carobell. (Photo via Carobell/Facebook)

HUBERT, Onslow County - A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to re-open a kitchen area at the Carobell Queen's Pond facility that has operated on behalf of individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities in Onslow County for nearly 50 years.

In January, The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Leadership class started fundraising to get funds to renovate the kitchen for those that utilize the facility. The class raised nearly $20,000 for the project over the course of four months, allowing for new countertops, cabinets and flooring to be installed.

The construction took about two weeks.

"We can't imagine how the room looked a couple weeks ago before the renovations," program director Mary Butts said. "It's bright. it's open. It has changed the quality of life of the individuals by increasing the space in there. They are able to assist more with food preparation.}

One of the walls in the building was knocked down as part of the renovation to make it easier to get in and out of the kitchen, particularly for those individuals in wheelchairs.

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