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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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Pink. It’s the New Color For Fall.

It’s October now and signs of fall abound. While the leaves are turning their brilliant yellows, reds and oranges, there’s another color on full display. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means pink is in. Breast cancer affects nearly one in eight women, putting it at the number one cancer among women. With those numbers, most of us know someone affected by breast cancer. Here are some ways to support the cause.

Go on a walk.
Throughout the month you can expect a breast cancer awareness walk in the community. They’re a great way to bring people together who are affected by breast cancer and help raise money to find a cure. If you know someone affected by breast cancer—or even if you don’t—you can show your support and enjoy the beautiful fall weather before the snow hits the ground.

Watch football.
Throughout the month of October, some pretty manly-men will be sporting pink to support breast caner awareness. The National Football League has players wearing pink shoes, gloves, sweat bands and pink ribbons on their helmets. Coaches and referees wear pink hats. But more importantly, you can purchase specially branded NFL merchandise with proceeds going to charities that support breast cancer awareness, while you also support your favorite team.

Get an early start on gift giving.
The holidays are just around the corner so start checking off your list with merchandise that gives funds to breast cancer awareness. There are literally hundreds of products available that should fit almost anyone on your list. If you’re wanting to make it easy on yourself, give the gift of charity and donate cash to an organization in your loved one’s name.

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