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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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A Word to the Wise About Giving Your Time

Deciding to volunteer is a great choice and a rewarding one at that. There are a few questions you should ask yourself as you embark on this new journey. These questions should ensure you get the most out of your volunteer experience.

What kind of organization do you want to help?
Explore your passions and there you will find the answer. Whether it’s animals you love, educating children or caring for the environment, there’s an organization that could use your help. To narrow down your choices, research the goals of your top nonprofits to make sure they align with yours.

What are you looking to gain from this experience?
Of course, volunteering is about giving back. But you should gain from the experience as well. Maybe you want to improve your skills to enhance your resume for a new job. Or maybe it’s time to network with a new group of people in your community. Regardless, thinking about yourself for a moment will mean you’ll have a lot more to give when it’s time to volunteer.

What are your skills?
Are you handy with tools? Do you have some legal experience? A specialized skill set you enjoy exercising could certainly benefit a nonprofit looking for volunteers with some experience in certain areas.

How much time do I have to give?
We’re all busy. From one organization to the next, the amount of time they will need you for will vary. Make sure you’re up front about your time commitment. You may want to start with a small commitment just to get a feel for how you like the organization and then you can give more of your time if appropriate.

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