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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    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.  

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  • 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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Plan a Garage Sale for the Greater Good

As likely as lemonade and as constant as corn on the cob, garage sales are an American summer classic. There’s a special beauty to garage sales too. Despite the dustiness of old electronics or the frayed sleeves on used clothes, garage sales are all about something new. People who host garage sales sell their stuff to make room for something new. And shoppers are on the lookout for something new too: another great bargain.

But you can add to the beauty of garage sales by repurposing them. Whether you host a garage sale before the close of summer or go shopping yourself, you can rework America’s garage sale tradition for the good of others.

Profit Sharing
Charities in your community rely on generous people like you to fund their work. But coming up with money for a donation poses a challenge for many people. Host a garage sale and donate your profits to make extra cash for your favorite charity. Planning a garage sale for the good of others will make the perfect end to a summer of good deeds.

Yard Signs for the Yard Sale
Attracting attention to your sale will be easy when you dedicate the proceeds of your garage sale to others. When advertising your garage sale make sure thrifters know that you’re donating the profits. Your unusual fundraising idea will spark extra interest—it may even inspire others to host a garage sale of their own.

Make sure word about your sale travels fast. Put an ad in the paper and ask neighbors if you can put signs in their yards. Be sure to invite your friends and family too. Announce your garage sale on Facebook and email local pals so that they don’t miss out on the chance to shop for a cause.

What to Sell
Donating your profits will encourage shoppers to spend more at your garage sale. But it should encourage you to give more too. Since the amount and quality of items in your sale will directly impact proceeds, be generous when sorting through clothes, furniture and toys.

Your friends may not want to host a garage sale of their own but perhaps they’ll donate items for you to sell. Remember, the more items you sell, the more money you’ll donate. Contributions from other households will help tremendously.

Donating the proceeds from your garage sale is a practical solution to supporting nonprofits when money’s tight. Choose a charity, recruit your friends and start rummaging through your basement. You’re about to become a very thrifty philanthropist.

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