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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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Volunteer From the Comfort of Your La-Z-Boy

Much of the success of a nonprofit organization can be traced back to our volunteers. So much of their work is done behind the scenes. While volunteers are needed onsite, there are several opportunities to volunteer virtually. This is when a volunteer can contribute to an organization from anywhere, and even after the kids have gone to bed. Here are a few examples of how volunteers have given virtually.

Seems like there’s never enough time for marketing and yet it can make or break an organization. Especially in this social media society, there’s plenty of opportunity to help with Facebook, Twitter, the website and blog. For the less tech savvy, you can always stop by and pick up some envelopes that need stuffed and mailed.

Law and Advocacy
Nonprofits need help staying on top of legislation that affect their cause. If you’re politically minded, you can keep an eye on the government and lobbyists to ensure your nonprofit is being represented. You can also write your representatives to make your voice heard. For those with a background in law, you can even help draft legislation.

Many nonprofits have the drive to fight for the cause, but not always the knowledge on how to best accomplish those goals. Helping them draft business plans can help them stay on track and successfully achieve their goals.

Virtual volunteering can be mutually beneficial to the organization and the volunteer. You get to help a nonprofit become successful while you enjoy the comfort of your own home. So kick off those shoes, kick up that footrest and volunteer.

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