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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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4 Ways to Give Self-Confidence a Boost

Feeling good often comes from helping others. But sometimes you have to do good for yourself to get there. Then, the tactics to boost your own self-confidence can be carried over. And it’s time to give yourself something to smile about. In turn, others will have something to smile about, too. Below are four ways to boost your self-confidence, and ways to transfer it to others.

Point out the Positive
It hurts to hear people who only dwell on negative qualities. After all, there’s something good in people we meet, and it’s time to let them know. But not so fast. It will only lower your own self-esteem if you can’t see the good in yourself first. Start by picking qualities about yourself that you like. Then, somehow remind yourself of those qualities daily. It could be a note placed somewhere that you’ll see it or you could recite the qualities in front of the mirror.

Then, help others feel the same way. Make it a point to tell people in your life what makes them special. You can send it in a note, tell them in person or give them a call. From a text message to snail mail, the people in your life will have their spirits lifted when you remind them that they are special to you.

Get or Give a Makeover
Sometimes a change can completely alter your self-esteem. And something as simple as a haircut could have a big impact. If you have enough hair, the strands can be donated to an organization like Locks of Love, which uses the hair to make wigs for young patients who have lost hair due to various medical treatments. Their mission involves restoring “a sense of self, confidence and normalcy.”

Or, you could help give a makeover to somebody who is in need of a confidence booster. Visit your local hospital to see if there are patients in need of some pampering. You’ll be able to provide them with conversation and a time to take their mind off of the reason that they’re in the hospital.

Encourage Physical Activity
Before you write off any sort of physical activity, consider the self-confidence benefits. Physical activity releases endorphins, which make your body feel good. Plus, physical activity will tone your body and give it a healthier look. You’ve got nothing to lose.

First Lady Michelle Obama started the “Let’s Move” program to help get children to live a healthy lifestyle. From physical activity to healthy foods in the lunchroom, the First Lady recognized the importance of a healthy lifestyle for everybody. Implement a program that will get your community moving. Something as simple as a pickup game of basketball can make a difference.

Dress for Success
You’ve heard the mantra “look good, feel good.” Putting on clothes that make you feel good will help you carry yourself with a different sense of confidence. And not only can you dress yourself for success, but you can also dress others to help them succeed. Help an organization that donates clothes to those who can’t afford them. You’ll help somebody look great during an interview, and maybe even land them a job. All you have to do is provide some of your gently used dress clothes.

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.” So get out there and start improving you, and help others do the same.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way