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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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This Nonprofit’s All Right

Believe it or not, we’re nearing the end of 2013. If you’re planning to be generous this holiday season with a year-end gift, there may be a question burning in your heart. “Is the nonprofit organization I’m about to give my hard-earned money to on the level?” There are thousands of well meaning organizations doing good things but there are a few bad apples that can be poorly run or, even worse, fraudulent. Here are a few ways to make sure your organization is going to make good on their promise of making the world a better place.

Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator has a mission to guide intelligent giving so you can give with confidence. This website rates charities with quite an extensive methodology based on financial efficiency and accountability. They evaluate the nonprofit on tax status, sources of revenue, length of operations, the types of programs they offer and spending practices. Organizations are rated with a star system allowing you to quickly see the health of the organization.

Guidestar.org
Guidestar gathers information about nearly every IRS-registered nonprofit organization. Guidestar remains neutral on the nonprofits and merely collects and presents information in an easy-to-understand format. You’ll be able to find a nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, reputation, governance and the latest financial information filed with the IRS.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance
If you’re familiar with the Better Business Bureau then you understand what their Wise Giving Alliance is all about. The BBB produces reports about nonprofits based on how they fare against their Standards for Charity and Accountability. If a charity meets these standards, they have the option to pay a fee to use the BBB Accredited Charity Seal.

Of course you can search the IRS for approved charities but you may have to dig to get more information about a nonprofit’s effectiveness. And on a local level, you can inquire with your state’s Attorney General’s office. Now you can give with confidence this holiday season and thanks for your support.

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way