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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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From Volunteer to Career

National Student Partnerships, now known as LIFT, was started in 1998 by Kristen Lodel. At the time, Kristen was only a sophomore at Yale and has been running the organization ever since.

She’s not alone. Other organizations such as Teach for America and Dress for Success are examples of college students taking their idea and turning it into a career. You don’t have to start your own nonprofit organization—or still attend college—to turn volunteering into a career. Here’s how to get started on the path from volunteer to career.

Think about your passions and your beliefs and find an organization in line with them. See if you can visit to learn more about the nonprofit and discover if there are volunteer positions, and the possibility of future paid positions, available in your area of interest. Start by volunteering to see if it will be a good fit. If you’re serious about transitioning to a paid position you should treat your work as you would a paying job. This will show the staff you’re a hard worker and ready for more responsibility.

More than likely you’re going to have to be flexible. Oftentimes turning from a volunteer to a full time employee won’t happen overnight. But the more face time you give to the staff and if you’re open about your intentions, they can start working to make room for your position in the budget.

If volunteering is a rewarding experience, there’s a good chance you’ve found the right place to make a living as a nonprofit professional.

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