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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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Putting the Giving in Thanksgiving

The holidays are upon us and Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1621 when William Bradford declared a three-day feast to celebrate a successful first harvest in the new land. Bradford invited Chief Massasoit to show thanks to him and his tribe for teaching the new settlers how to farm and to keep peace.

Today, Thanksgiving is still a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the bounties we’ve received. Thanksgiving is also a time to give to our neighbors. Here are a few ways you can get your family involved.

Participate in a food drive.
We all look forward to our Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, not everyone will have a similar experience. While you’re out purchasing the groceries for your family’s meal, pick up a few extra items to stock the food pantry in your neighborhood. Get your co-workers involved in your efforts so you can donate more to the cause.

Remember the soldiers.
Many of us also look forward to spending Thanksgiving with our families. Those serving overseas won’t have that opportunity. Sending care packages are a way to honor our armed forces and give them a little piece of home. Groups such as AnySoldier and Operation Gratitude can assist you in sending packages. You can also give to Cell Phone for Soldiers. Started by two teenagers, this program donates used cell phones and prepaid phone cards to give soldiers a way to call home this holiday season.

Make a visit.
Some spend Thanksgiving in a hospital or retirement community with family far away. Make a call and see if there are programs that allow visitors to stop by for a little company. You may just make a new connection.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way