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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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Employees Give Back to their Community and Gain Big

You’ve volunteered before. You know what a personally rewarding experience it can be to give back to your community. Now multiply that reward by the number of employees where you work. Imagine the affect it would have on our community. Here are just a few benefits of volunteering as a company.

Volunteering boosts company morale.
Successful companies have dedicated employees that enjoy not only their work, but the people on their team. Volunteering as a company builds unity and gives employees an opportunity to engage with each other outside of work. Have your employees vote on a few charities and plan a couple of volunteer days a year.

Volunteering sends a message to the community.
You may have heard about the Pepsi Refresh Project. You may have even voted. This past year Pepsi has allowed organizations to submit project ideas that will help their communities. Then Pepsi donates money to the projects that get the most votes, generated by the public. This cause marketing campaign shows that Pepsi cares about communities. Your company can do something on a smaller scale. Partner with a local nonprofit on a project and promote your good deeds. It’s a win-win-win-win for your company, your employees, the nonprofit and the people that nonprofit serves.

Volunteering is just good business.
Ultimately a business exists to make money, or it doesn’t exist. Seventy-eight percent of consumers claim they are more likely to do business with a company that supports organizations and gives back to their community. That’s reason enough to find a cause to support today.

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