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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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Give and thou shall receive

Tax season is rolling around again and it’s time to collect all of your financial documents to prepare your taxes. Donating to a nonprofit is a great way to help your community. But if you need more incentive to give, know this – most donations are tax deductible. Here is how to properly keep records of your donations for tax season.

Cash donations under $250. Donations require a written record of the amount and the name of the organization that received the gift. If you write a check, keep a copy of the cancelled check or your statement and make sure you have the date posted, the amount and the name of the organization. When using a credit card, the receipt showing the name of the organization, date and amount will suffice.

Donations exceeding $250. The rules changes slightly as you will need a written acknowledgement from the organization. Keep your check or credit card record as well.

If you receive any goods or services in return for your donation, ensure you have acknowledgement of receipt and the value of the goods and services rendered.

In order for you donation to be tax deductible, the organization must be qualified according to the IRS. Generally, if the group is religious, educational or works to prevent cruelty to children or animals, they are qualified, but to be sure ask the organization or the IRS. Any amount of money is deductible but for smaller amounts the paperwork may be more hassle than the deduction is worth.

Remember that donations of material goods can also get you a deduction. Ask the nonprofit for a receipt with the value of the goods given.

Talk with your accountant or a tax professional for any further questions and help in completing your taxes for maximum deductions.

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