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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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No Shadow of Doubt that Groundhog Day Provides Tips for Event Planners

Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his winter slumber on February 2 to prognosticate to the fine citizens of the Pennsylvania burg an early spring or six more weeks of winter. No pressure. Groundhog Day has been celebrated since the 18th century, and started by Germans in Pennsylvania. Today, more cities join in festivals and celebrations for the day.

Everyone loves a reason to celebrate. Lesser holidays, especially during the winter months, like Groundhog Day, St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day give us opportunity to host events that break up the monotony of winter. This year, consider promoting a nonprofit when you host your winter holiday. Instead of asking people to bring food to share, encourage them to donate to a cause you care about. Here are some tips for hosting an event.

Letting guests know.
When you invite your guests make sure to let them know the goal of your event. Provide them information about the nonprofit organization that you are supporting. The more information they have the more likely they will be to give. You may want to invite some people from the organization you are supporting. They will be able to speak about the organization and volunteer opportunities.

Celebrate how?
Take a look at your guest list and your goals for the event to help you determine how you’ll entertain your guests. If it’s a family gathering, have activities for the kids and maybe some shoulder-to-shoulder activities that get the entire family involved. Most adult parties find success with good food and a few cocktails. Remember the holiday you’re celebrating, and your cause, to give you guidance on your theme.

Don’t let it end.
After your event, don’t forget to thank people for supporting your cause and let them know if you reached your goal. Make sure they know how their contributions helped a cause.

While Groundhog Day may have passed us by to have a winter event this year, rest assured that Punxsutawney Phil will give us six more weeks of winter to host a cause event.

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