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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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Celebrities Giving Back is Always in Fashion

With celebrity comes great responsibility. Constantly in the spotlight, people look to them to be role models. Some make missteps. Hey, we’re all human, right? But many use their celebrity for good and provide excellent examples for giving to charity, or setting up their own. Here are a few examples of celebrities using their status and fortune to make a difference.

Paul Newman
Possibly one of the original celebrity philanthropists to formalize his giving nature, the late Paul Newman led the way for other celebrities to follow. In 1980 Newman came up with the idea of giving away homemade salad dressing to his friends, who eventually came back asking for more. Finally, in 1982 Newman’s Own Foundation was launched with the selling of the salad dressing. That year he made nearly $400 thousand after taxes and royalties, giving all profits away. Newman’s own has expanded to selling pasta sauce, lemonade, popcorn, salsa, wine and more. Posthumously, the foundation continues and has donated over $295 million to a variety of charities.

When these superstar celebs got hitched they created a mega philanthropic powerhouse. Angelina Jolie is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency and has traveled the world to support the cause. Brad Pitt is a big supporter of Bono’s One campaign and also chairs the Global Green project, which seeks to construct environmentally friendly buildings.

Taylor Swift
Even the younger stars are jumping on board with giving back. When Nashville was hit with massive floods Taylor Swift was quick to act and she donated $100 thousand to the local Red Cross. She had previously donated merchandise sales from an event to the Red Cross and donated a pink pickup truck to a camp for youth with serious medical conditions. Swift continues to set a good example of giving for the next generation to emulate.

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