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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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Making Halloween Philanthropic

The holiday season is creeping up on us. But before we give thanks and spread good will, we’re greeted with little creepies at our door step. Halloween tradition dictates that children dress in costume and go door-to-door begging for candy, or offering a trick to those unwilling to comply. However, there are many possibilities for turning Halloween into a holiday of giving. Consider these ideas as you send your kids out into the neighborhood.

Treat the troops.
Go ahead and let your little goblins hit the streets but let them know that some of their spoils will go to the soldiers overseas. While snack items are welcomed, many communities organize a care package campaign that includes toiletries and other necessities for the troops.

Skip the treats and ask for cash.
Instead of asking for candy, raise a few dollars for your child’s favorite charity. You may want to let your neighbors know in advance and have some fliers ready to legitimize your cause. Make it a neighborhood event to get more children involved.

Host a Halloween party for a cause.
Organize a holiday party and encourage your guests to bring nonperishable food items to donate to your local food pantries as the organizations start preparing for Thanksgiving.

Give the treat of experience.
Many children don’t get to participate in Halloween activities. Donate pumpkins and decorating materials to organizations so everyone has a chance to carve a pumpkin. Find old costume materials so they can dress up and have their own Halloween party.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way