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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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Be Ours This Valentine’s Day

So it’s Valentine’s Day and if you’re still searching for something to do, we have a few ideas for you. Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be about champagne and conversation hearts. You don’t even need a special someone—but these would be perfect activities to share. You can show some love by volunteering for your favorite nonprofit. Here are some ways to do good this Valentine’s Day.

Will you be my volunteer?
There are several ways to volunteer for a nonprofit. Many nonprofits have activities and events in association with Valentine’s Day. You can always volunteer for a local soup kitchen or stop by the grade school to help out at a class Valentine’s Day party. Just give the organization a call to get involved.

Dine in and give out.
Think about the money that you could potentially spend on Valentine’s Day by going out or exchanging gifts. If these aren’t in your plans this holiday, consider making a donation to your favorite nonprofit. It’s a great way to show your community some love.

Send some love.
If you don’t have time to volunteer, sit down and write a few thank you notes for organizations doing good in your community. Don’t forget to show some love to your service providers that make your life easier. Give a note to your janitor at work, the bus driver or the person making your morning latte.

It’s easy being green.
Rather than saying it with flowers, give some love to Mother Earth this Valentine’s Day. Resolve to recycle. Clean out your closets and give unwanted goods to charity, it’s better than throwing the items in a landfill.

Be kind.
It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week and you can take the Extreme Kindness Challenge of doing an act of kindness each day for seven days. Acts can be as simple as asking someone about their culture, or take a little more effort like helping to change a tire. Visit for more acts.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way