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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    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.  

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  • 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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A Billion Acts of Green: Celebrate Earth Day Beyond April 22

A Billion Acts of Green is this year’s theme of Earth Day celebrated on April 22. Earth Day Network (EDN), the organization that grew out of the first Earth Day in 1970 started the Billion Acts of Green campaign to encourage people to celebrate beyond the day. Currently EDN has over 45 million acts pledged toward their goal of a billion by the Global Earth Summit that takes place in Rio, Brazil in 2012. Here are a few of the major contributions thus far.

Avatar Home Tree Initiative
James Cameron and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment capitalized on the movie Avatar to increase discussion of environmental issues. They also created the Avatar Home Tree Initiative that was announced to coincide with the release of Avatar on DVD. The goal was to plant over a million trees. They succeeded by planting 1,006,639 trees in 16 countries.

Ocean Conservancy
While over 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water, there’s still a tremendous need to take care of this precious resource. Ocean conservancy contributed over 10 million acts of green by removing over 10 million pieces of trash from coastlines of 108 countries. They kept track of types of trash they collected so we can better understand what pollutes our waters. Learn more at www.oceanconservancy.org.

Green Schools
The Earth Day Network has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and The Clinton Foundation, and aim to have all K-12 schools in America green within a generation. They annually reach over 30,000 teachers and administrators that encourage students to have a sense of responsibility for the environment. The Earth Day Network also organizes legislation to encourage schools to become greener. These include the Healthy Schools Act, No Child Left Inside and the National Civic Education Project.

How are you going to contribute to A Billion Acts of Green? Visit www.earthday.org to learn more about what Earth Day does and how you can contribute to A Billion Acts of Green.

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