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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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Nonprofits Keep Holiday Celebrations Going with January Observances

The holiday season is behind us and 2011 has officially started. It’s time to hunker down for the winter months ahead. As a remedy for the winter blues, consider recognizing any of a number of cause-related observances in January. International Quality of Life Month, National Mentoring Month, National Poverty in America Awareness Month, National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and International Creativity Month are among those January observances.

Become a mentor.
Structured youth mentoring programs have proven to help young people succeed in life. There are several ways to get involved as a mentor and several organizations in our community that serve youth through mentoring. Because of the diversity of these programs your time commitment can be varied from a few hours to weekly, as well as short- and long-term arrangements. You’re certain to foster improved self esteem and social skills that will ultimately make a lasting difference in a child’s life.

Donate now.
There are always opportunities to give, but because of the generosity during the holiday months, January can be especially difficult on nonprofit organizations that need to provide ongoing services. Here are a few ideas. Celebrate national volunteer blood donor month by giving blood. It costs you about an hour of time and you can save three lives.

We also give special attention to poverty in America this month. In 2009 the U.S. Census Bureau reported 43.6 million people, or 14.3 percent of the American population, were living in poverty. You can donate time to an organization that serves the working poor. You can do some cleaning and donate unwanted items to the cause. Consider food or cash donations to ensure a next meal or a warm bed for someone in need.

Think creatively.
The typical gray of January compounds the monotony of our everyday routine. If you’re tired of being a robot, consider something new to keep life exciting. Find a new hobby. You can even donate your new-found talents to a nonprofit organization. Take some time to think creatively on something that’s been puzzling you lately. Take a different route to work once a week. Before you know it, we’ll be celebrating spring.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way