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Our organization is dedicated to helping people in our community break through the cycle of poverty and mental illness. This includes raising awareness about the experience of living with mental illness, to end the cycle of poverty for those that seek our services, and build bridges in our community for those who are lost. Discover how your help makes an impact.

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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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Make a Difference to a Child

Ah, summer. Do you remember what that meant when you were a kid? The only work at hand was how you were going to fill the day with play from sun up until the street lights came on. Now imagine your childhood without those great memories. Every day millions of children fill their days concerned with serious illness, a stable home and their next meal.

This midsummer month, when most kids are not in school, was designated as National Make a Difference for Children month to remind adults that they can have a positive impact on a child’s. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

Spend time with a child. Mentor organizations are always searching for good adults to provide guidance to children. Sign up to work at a summer camp. The experience will be equally rewarding for you.

Support a child advocacy organization. If you can’t find the time to work directly with children, consider giving time or financial support to a nonprofit organization that helps children. These organizations range from advocacy groups such as CASA to health organizations such as St. Baldricks.

Bring it all home. If you have a child at home getting on the “I’m bored” train, come up with some activities to beat the dog-days of summer and create some lasting memories for your family.

There are literally hundreds of ways to make a difference in a child’s life from spending a few hours with them to adoption. Remember that putting a smile on a child’s face can be a rewarding experience and an investment in the future of your community. Hopefully you can find some time to help these kids forget about their struggle at least for a little while, because no child should go without something to smile about.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way