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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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Twelve Holiday Preparation Tips for a Happier Holiday Season

You survived black Friday and now its cyber Monday. If you haven’t found your holiday spirit, you may find yourself ill-prepared for the holiday season. Have no fear. Here are 12 holiday preparation tips for a happier holiday season.

Synch your calendars. Get the family around the table and make sure each of you is aware of the special events surrounding the holidays, including office parties and school programs.

Set your budget. Before you get too deep into preparation, know how much you’re willing to spend on everything from entertaining and decorating to gifts. Give each family member their portion of the holiday budget so you won’t have to make all the purchases.

Plan you menus. For special events such as entertaining in your home or ones that require bringing food, plan the entire menu and make a list of ingredients so you’re not constantly running to the store.

Freeze your baked goods. Make the cookie dough now, form them into balls and place them in the freezer separated by wax paper. Now you can pull them out and bake a fresh dozen at a moments notice.

Schedule the chores. If you are expecting company, don’t take on the entire house yourself. Give everyone tasks and have a family cleaning day. You’ll be surprised at how fast it goes and how much fun you can have.

Be direct. Stop struggling to find that perfect gift for someone. Ask them directly what they want. It may be a bit impersonal but it will save you a lot of time and frustration.

Get the group to do the greeting. Make you holiday greeting a family affair. Have each member write their own paragraph or just have each person select their favorite photos give them fun captions. When it comes time for the mail, get everyone involved in the stuffing and addressing. Or maybe this is the year to send your message electronically.

Buy emergency gifts. It seems each year you receive an unexpected gift. Purchase a stash of emergency gifts to have on hand so you can return the gesture. Purchase something that could be useful to you so if no one surprises you this year, it doesn’t go to waste.

Prepare you gifts. Nothing is more frustrating to a child than waiting for you to get the toy freed from the wires and encased plastic package. Undo the hassle, pop in the batteries and place it back in the box before you wrap.

Wrap it up. Theme your gift wrap by each person or family so it’s easy to see what gifts go where without having to look at all the tags.

Let the store ship it. If you have to send gifts to out of town family members, purchase them online and have the retailer ship the gifts to the appropriate locations. Many will even gift wrap for a small fee.

It doesn’t all have to happen. Sometimes expectations are high for the holidays. If you don’t get the wreath on the peak of the garage, people probably won’t miss it. Before you stress about the incomplete tasks on you list, determine just how important it is in the grand scheme of things. Remember, the holidays are about relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends.

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