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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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Facebook Co-founder Finds Jumo, A Social Network for Nonprofits

What can one person possibly do after they’ve created one of the most popular websites on the planet? Create another one. Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, took a stab at another social media website. According to their website, Jumo is a social network connecting individuals and organizations who want to change the world.

Hughes, along with helping Mark Zuckerberg create Facebook in a Harvard dorm room, also ran President Barrack Obama’s online campaign that vaulted him to the White House. Hughes thinks those skills can be applied to nonprofit organizations to help them connect with constituents in a whole new way.

Since it’s founding in February 2010 with the official site launch this past November, Jumo has set out to help you find issues and organizations you care about in hopes that you support their work with your time, money and skills.

Chances are you have a Facebook account. If you do, the experience on Jumo should feel similar. Using your Facebook login information, you can join Jumo, take a quick survey about the causes you care about. Then you have access to the news from those organizations and issues. It’s similar to getting the latest scoop from your News Feed on Facebook.

If you don’t find the nonprofit organization or issue you’re looking for, any 501(c)(3) with a charitable mission can create a profile for their organization. So encourage your nonprofit to get involved. Jumo will process donations for organizations that provide the appropriate information.

But Jumo is less about donations and more about connections. You can add to the cause by simply connecting today. What does Jumo mean anyway? In the West African language of Yoruba it means, “to come together.” Hopefully Hughes can achieve success once again and get people to come together and support causes they care about. Our world will be better for it.

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way