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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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Arlington National Cemetery a Symbol of Ultimate Sacrifice

“For love of country they accepted death.” - James A. Garfield

It’s Memorial Day and that means many of us will be enjoying a much-needed, three-day weekend. Today marks the 143rd observance of the holiday proclaimed by General John Logan. The birthplace of Memorial Day is the Arlington National Cemetery, where flowers were placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers. Here are some interesting facts about the famous cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery was created June 28, 1864. It spans 624 acres and currently lays rest to over 300 thousand people. The family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee formally owned the land, where the family house still stands as a National Park Service memorial. Each year, over 40 thousand people visit the cemetery.

The President sends a wreath to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, President John F. Kennedy’s birthday and President William Howard Taft’s birthday—the only two presidents buried in the park. The Eternal Flame that burns at Kennedy’s grave is a specially designed apparatus that has a constantly flashing electrical spark near the nozzle that relights the natural gas should the flame be extinguished.

On Memorial Day, flags are placed on each grave by dawn and remain there until after the Memorial Day Service. This year, the program included a prelude concert performed by the U.S. Navy Band followed by an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The 79 ton Tomb of the Unknowns was erected in 1921 above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. Nearby are tributes to unknown soldiers from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The Vietnam Unknown was exhumed in 1988 and identified through DNA testing. It has been decided that the crypt will remain vacant.

So as you’re enjoying the holiday—marking the unofficial start of summer—or remembering your own loved ones, take a moment to think of those buried in Arlington and around the globe that gave their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. Through this, may you be inspired to discover how you can make a difference.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way