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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 


    Wichita, Kan., June 12, 2019 – Breakthrough Clubhouse, a pre-vocational program of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services, received a three-year accreditation in May as an affiliate of the Clubhouse International, an organization that develops Clubhouses around the world.  The recognition is significant, as it points to a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence.  Accreditation is awarded to Clubhouses that adhere to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, providing opportunities for Clubhouse members to find employment, go to school, build meaningful relationships and live healthy lifestyles. 

    The process is a rigorous one - both evaluative and consultative.  It includes a clubhouse self-study, site visit, dialogs regarding Clubhouse leadership and improvement opportunities, and a written report.  

    The accreditation process is conducted by members of the Clubhouse International faculty for Clubhouse Development.  The final report noted, “Members have a strong sense of pride and ownership in the  Clubhouse, there’s a strong culture of employment and an extremely active advocacy with the Kansas State Legislature which is resulting in solid support of Clubhouses in other parts of Kansas.”  David Kapten, Program Director for Breakthrough Clubhouse added, “This is an empowering program that supports self-directed recovery. Each member of the Clubhouse is needed and wanted.”  

    Clubhouses are local community centers that provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing, including:
    •    a work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse;
    •    participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse;
    •    Opportunities to obtain paid employment in the local labor market through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program. In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent programs;
    •    assistance in accessing community-based educational resources;
    •    access to crisis intervention services when needed, and;
    •    Evening/weekend social and recreational events.

    About Breakthrough Clubhouse 
    The Clubhouse Model is a unique program serving 386 people with mental illness in 2018.  It’s one of four primary programs of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services. Breakthrough has been an accredited Clubhouse since 1997 and continues to be the only one in Kansas. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.  


  • Mental Health Funding for certified Clubhouses as identified and funded by the Lottery Vending Machine legislation that became law in 2018.

  • Drawing from our history, our new name is "Breakthrough."

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You Can Get More Than You Give

Do you believe in karma? It’s been said what you put out into the world comes back to you. Whether you want to put a label on it, volunteers often report actually receiving MORE from their experience than what they felt they put into it. Here are just a few rewards beyond the cause, for helping others:

Learn New Skills.
Tired of the same old rat race? Volunteerism allows you to feed those skills you don’t get to use everyday and possibly explore new talents you never knew you had. Volunteering may even give you insights into new career possibilities.

Gain Confidence.
Improve your outlook on life. Giving back can give a boost to your self-esteem. Doing something good for others recharges you and gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Meet New People.
If you feel you’ve been hanging out in the same circles, volunteering will offer new friendships. Getting involved in a nonprofit, especially as a newcomer to a community, gets you in with people who have similar interests. After you’re done volunteering, the group may just find their way to a local hangout.

Promote Your Business.
Talking about what you do for a living is sure to come up. As long as you don’t forget your primary reason for volunteering, use this as an opportunity to build your business contacts and put your company—and yourself—in a positive light.

Just because you are volunteering doesn’t mean you can’t get something in return. Sometimes the benefits you gain from volunteering are just as valuable as the help you provided.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way