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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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Facebook for Good

Nonprofit organizations often face the challenge of letting people know that we’re out making a difference in the world. While we’re focused on doing the work to further our mission, we also have to find time to spread the word about the good that we’re doing—not to mention justifying spending budget dollars on marketing efforts over using that money to directly affect our programs and services. That’s where volunteers can do a little to make a big difference.

If you’re passionate about a cause, don’t hesitate to spread the word. In this age where a plethora of communication tools are at our fingertips, you can take advantage of social media to tell people about nonprofits, events and volunteer experiences you’ve had.

If you have friends on Facebook, share upcoming events, encourage your friends to “like” nonprofit pages and comment on the work a nonprofit is doing. If you are on Twitter or write a blog, share your personal experiences associated with your favorite nonprofits.

Social media sites allow you to reach a large number of people quickly and easily. If you’re participating in fundraising activities, don’t be afraid to put it out in the social media sphere. It could be surprising just who might give to your cause. Or maybe one of your friends may volunteer for an organization if you just ask.

Since June is Effective Communication Month, make an effort to help out a nonprofit by spending just a few minutes at a computer. If your cause of choice hasn’t set up a Facebook page, you may want to volunteer to set one up for them.

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