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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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Prioritizing Your Charitable Gifts

The end of this year is coming, hard to believe, right? That means it’s not too early to ask those inevitable questions about your charitable giving for 2010. So, start gathering those receipts and figure out what you’ve already given and see if your taxes could benefit from another gift. Check out these helpful tips for year-end giving.

Consider a Pledge
Pledges are an excellent way to ensure that you only give as much as you plan. While they are only tax deductible the year you fulfill them (not the year you make them), they are a sure-fire way to stay within your desired budget.

Donate Appreciated Securities
When you donate appreciated securities, you can claim tax deductions for their full market values and avoid capitol gains taxes. However, you must have had them for more than one year in order to do so. Be weary of delivery dates with appreciated securities. For most companies, if mailed, the date of mailing is the delivery that that will determine their valuation and the year of deduction. If you personally hand deliver the appreciated securities to your agent, that is considered the delivery date. Be sure to allow time with whatever method you choose, and as with everything else, being early is always a good practice.

Seek Early Advice
Talk to your financial advisor for your gift giving for 2012 now. Planning ahead and knowing your limits helps make your financial year run smoothly. Make estimates on tax returns based on your tax forms from the previous years.

Consider Giving from Your Company
Concentrate on giving to the charities that best match your company’s values. Quality over quantity is a good mindset to have. Giving smaller gifts to several organizations versus the same amount to one organization won’t make a difference when it comes to taxes. So this year, consider focusing on fewer charities that suit your brand.

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