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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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Money, money, money

Ben Franklin gave us two certainties: death and taxes. So what you do with your income after the tax man cometh—and before your bell tolls—is up to you. To make a positive impact on your life, consider giving to a nonprofit. If you know giving is the right thing to do but are unsure of how much, think about this.

While some historical records suggest tithing (or giving ten percent of your income) before spending on anything else, there are no specific laws dictating your generosity. The average American donates 3.1 percent of their income to charities, which equates to nearly $1,620 a year or $3 a day. More interestingly, households that make less than $10,000 donate about 5 percent of their income.

So consider a rule that your giving should allow you to manage your household comfortably while still making an impact on the community. Don’t worry that you’re not going to give enough to make a difference. Most organizations can use all gifts, large and small, to make an impact on your community.

Now that you’ve set aside your giving budget, it’s time to decide how to disperse it. There are thousands of organizations needing assistance so start by looking at your passions. Maybe you’ve had someone personally affected by a disease or you appreciate the arts. At this stage, don’t worry about how many nonprofits you’re choosing.

With your list of potential candidates, do some research. The IRS requires 501(c)3 organizations to publish 990 forms for public review. This document allows you to see how the nonprofit organization operates and the financial health of an organization. You can obtain the 990 from an organization’s website or make a request to see it. is a great website for analyzing nonprofit data.

So what are you looking for? You want an organization that uses their annual budget responsibly and has a dedicated staff and board wanting to make a difference through their mission.

After doing your homework, you should have the information you need to give to the nonprofits you want to help. If your desire to help surpasses your budget, then give them a hand. Most nonprofits have a volunteer program where you can make an impact on their mission.

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