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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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Pack a Backpack for Back to School and Feed a Child

School is starting soon and with that comes the firing up of the BackPack Program again. The BackPack Program is a great organization to get involved with, especially if you have kids in school. Here’s a little bit of background on the program and how to get involved.

The Beginnings
The original BackPack Program began in 1995. A school nurse went to the Arkansas Rice Depot to ask for help for the kids coming to her during school days with dizziness and stomachaches caused by hunger. At the time, a local food bank began providing the kids with groceries in backpacks to take home.

You could say that the program grew rather quickly. Since its origins 3,600 BackPack programs feeding more than 190,000 children have been created. In July of 2006, the National Council of Feeding America approved the BackPack Program as an official national program.

How it Works
The program provides backpacks of food for students over the weekend who meet the requirements. Most students who benefit from the program are also on free or reduced lunch at their schools. In certain cases, the program will provide food for students over school vacations as well as food for younger siblings at home.

How You Can Help
By simply visiting you can quickly donate anywhere from 200 to 800 meals for a child this school year with donations of 25 to 100 dollars. Just 45 dollars helps feed a family of four for a month. Donations not only fund food but also the backpacks that kids take home.

Consider getting involved with this organization this school year. Some branches of the program have begun holding an annual BackPack Extra Mile Walk. Look into one of these or start your own in your town or just consider donation online.

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    35th Anniversary
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