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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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It’s National Volunteer Week. Thank You Volunteers.

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week and we’d like to take a moment to recognize all of the amazing volunteers that help our organization throughout the year. Our organization relies on the generosity of our volunteers through their time and talents. We hope you know we appreciate you every day.

We know your time is precious, but doing something good for others makes you feel good. Because you can personally benefit from volunteering, we encourage you to get out and volunteer and encourage friends to do the same. Here are some other ways to get involved in the community.

The known
If you’re new to volunteering, you can rely on the well-known organizations in the community. So think of the organizations that get talked about and seek out those groups. Local hospitals, soup kitchens, animal shelters and blood banks are good places to start.

April showers bring yard work
You’re noticing the signs of spring. The local parks department personnel are busy in our parks and gardens getting them ready for the season. There’s more than enough for staff to do, so if you like to get outdoors and get your hands a little dirty, give them a call. If you have an elderly neighbor, take the rake over and get their yard spruced up.

Going beyond the borders
If you want to be more adventurous in your volunteering, consider a volunteer vacation abroad this summer. Volunteering in other countries offers a unique opportunity to travel the world while giving back to others. There are several reputable organizations online that can help you plan your trip.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way