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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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Finding Motivation to Volunteer

We all know that, sometimes, volunteering can be wearisome and there are days that we are tempted to skip our shifts. Even those compassionate people who would seemingly enjoy serving others as a career would sometimes rather stay home and vedge. So how do you beat it? This fall, try a few of these tips to find your niche within the wonderful world of volunteerism.

Find What You Love
It’s all about doing something that you genuinely enjoy. Love listening to the older generation banter on about life “back in the day?” Then look into volunteering at a nursing home or assisted living center. Love animals—everything from the little furry hamsters to the giant fluffy dogs? Consider volunteering at an animal shelter. Wherever you decide, make sure that it’s something you want to spend your time doing.

Feel Free to Change It Up
Another option to hold your interest in volunteering is to look to projects that don’t require a long-term commitment. There are organizations throughout the community that have projects that don’t require a lot of time. This way you can explore several opportunities and give to a variety of organizations.

Don’t Give Up the Search
It may take some time to find an organization that you click with. Think about things that you are sincerely passionate about—whether that’s feeding the poor, planting trees at local parks or helping a bilingual kid learn how to read. A few failed attempts shouldn’t deter you from trying elsewhere. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of options for you within your community, and there is a great nonprofit that would love to have you as their volunteer. You just have to be willing to find it.

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