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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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Remembering World Food Day

October 16 marks the annual World Food Day. World Food Day was created to commemorate the 1945 founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO.

While World Food Day can certainly be a day to reflect upon the blessing of easy access to food in much of the developed world, its primary function is to promote knowledge and education of the problem of international hunger.

On a planet with a human population of 6.8 billion, the FAO estimates 925 million are suffering from chronic hunger. That’s a staggering 13 percent of the world population, or about one of every seven people globally.

Read on and take some time to learn more about what this statistic means, and how you can begin to make a difference this World Food Day.

What is hunger?
There are a few definitions of hunger, so it’s important to define exactly what’s meant when talking about world hunger. The familiar definition of hunger is the unpleasant craving for food or nourishment—the feeling you get when you’re waiting for the pizza delivery to arrive after a long day’s work.

A second kind of hunger is known as malnutrition. Malnutrition is a result of a community’s consistent, widespread lack of access to food—in this case, the global community’s lack of food access. This definition represents the hunger that World Food Day tries to combat.

The negative effects of hunger are many. Most notably, malnutrition means increased susceptibility to diseases as well as harsher symptoms of disease, due to a weakened immune system. The malnourished are fatigued, unable to concentrate and lack the energy to work.

Hunger’s impact is greatest on children. Since children are in a state of rapid physical and mental development, lack of proper nourishment means stunted growth and development.

Hunger is disabling and tends to lead to more hunger; a vicious hunger cycle.

What causes hunger?
Hunger is not fundamentally a result of our world lacking food. In fact, as our global population has increased, so has our food output. We actually produce enough food to be able to feed the world’s population.

The problem behind the problem of global hunger is poverty. The vast majority of the undernourished are in developing countries. Those stricken by poverty in these countries either don’t have the land to grow sufficient food, or the income to purchase enough food for them and their families.

In other words, while the global food supply is sufficient, food is not equally distributed. Citizens of developed nations possess comparative wealth, enabling an abundance of food. Poverty keeps families from being able to get food, and hunger stops them from being able to work—leading to greater hunger down the line.

In other words, the real fight against world hunger doesn’t mean producing more food, but enabling citizens to provide for themselves by reducing poverty, particularly in rural economies. Most hunger-fighting initiatives aim to create better jobs, promote greater access to education and improve rural agricultural practices.

What can I do?
There’s many ways you, as an individual, can help fight world hunger.

One way to help is to organize or participate in an existing World Food Day gathering. Search online to see if there’s an existing banquet happening on World Food Day.

Invite friends to World Food Day gatherings and spread the news about world hunger. Use your social media network to promote methods for the message about global hunger—know that spreading awareness is half of the battle.

Finally, once you’ve taken some more time to educate yourself on various organizations that are committed to alleviating world hunger, consider donating to the cause. You can donate the gift of your money, or volunteer and donate the gift of your time.

It’s amazing how much those in developed countries are blessed with, and how our limited resources can open up limitless possibilities for fighting world hunger. Participate in World Food Day and help bring others one of our basic essentials: Daily, nutritious food.

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