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Club Challenge ribbon cutting brings new kitchen, opportunities

Posted 4/18/24

ORANGE PARK—The community eagerly gathered around the entrance of Club Challenge at the back of Challenge Enterprises for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 16. Challenge …

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Club Challenge ribbon cutting brings new kitchen, opportunities


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ORANGE PARK—The community eagerly gathered around the entrance of Club Challenge at the back of Challenge Enterprises for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 16.

Challenge Enterprises CEO Katie Vineyard was thankful for the immense turnout and support from the community. She is excited about what the refurbished kitchen and dining room will provide for those with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities.

Challenge Enterprise has helped people with different abilities find employment since 1974. Last year, It helped 20 members find employment in the community.

The renovated kitchen will allow practice for culinary and prep work in the food industry. 

"The kitchen has always been our dream," former CEO Nancy Keating said. 

"We saw this as a way to teach prep work before the food is served in a restaurant and perhaps even some culinary skills," Keating said.  

Johny Lowe is excited about the kitchen. He enjoys working and learning as a member at Challenge Enterprises.  

"My favorite is helping out at the service center. I just love doing it. If my parents were still alive today, I know they would be proud of me," Lowe said.