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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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Creative Ways to Help Charities Without Spending a Cent

Sometimes you don't have the money you want to help out your favorite charity. Your budget may be a little tight or maybe you've already spent your allotment for donations. There are still many ways you can help a charity without spending a cent.

The obvious is to donate your time. Most organizations need help and you probably have a skill that they need. For instance, if you are an accountant, you could manage the books. Or if you are an electrician, you could offer free service.

You can do a little extra in your online world. Place the website of your favorite charity or cause in the signature of your e-mail, especially if there’s a special event. Use your social media networks to spread the word about your cause. Some websites pay charities when you click on a button and view advertisements. In addition, GoodSearch pays nonprofits every time you conduct an internet search.

Use credit cards that have special programs that contribute proceeds to your charity of choice; and do business with companies that give back a percentage of sales to organizations you support. Or do some business of your own by having a garage sale or set up an eBay store. They have a system called Giving Works that allows you to donate the money and receive a tax deduction.

Try advertising your charity in subtle ways. Wear a t-shirt that showcases the organization when you go out or place a bumper sticker on your car.

There are many ways to give back to your favorite charity without spending cash, so get creative. And if all else fails, call the organization for more ideas.

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