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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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The Super Bowl is a Super Opportunity to Give

It’s time to pack up the tailgating supplies and put another season in the history books. Millions tuned in to watch the Super Bowl last night and even those who don’t like the sport tuned in to watch the commercials, and that’s impressive in the DVR era. But for some organizations it’s more than a game. It’s an opportunity to raise funds for their nonprofit organization. Here are a few events organized by some North Texas nonprofits capitalized on the Super Bowl.

Habitat for Humanity
Super Bowl XLV was a success and so was Super Build 45. Habitat for Humanity set out to build 45 new homes. They succeeded and broke the previous record of 38 set in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. Super Build 45 offered a number of volunteer opportunities and gave 45 families a new home.

North Texas Food Bank
Taste of the NFL celebrated its 20th anniversary with this Super Bowl. The event featured over 32 restaurants that represent one restaurant from each NFL city. These restaurants provided food and wine pairings for participants to sample. A current or former NFL player served food at each of the booths. Talk about a photo opportunity and a fun way to raise money.

Youth Education Town
NFL Youth Education Towns were started in 1992. The NFL decided to finance and construct an after school program in Compton, California to coincide with Super Bowl XXVII played in Los Angeles to correct social inequalities. This year, the NFL teamed with the Salvation Army to set up the Youth Education Town. Among the features of the facilities are libraries, technology labs, classrooms, fitness centers and recreation fields. The Youth Education Town in Arlington is slated to open in 2012.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way