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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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After the Pomp and Circumstance Head Out and Volunteer

After the Pomp and Circumstance, what will be your circumstance? If you’re going to be a college graduate, you’re wrapping up the final finals of your college career and preparing to enter the real world (if life hasn’t felt real enough). Your parents have probably asked; and we will too, “What are you going to do with your life?”

You may not even know what you want to do with your life, or you’re testing the waters of a turbulent job market where thousands of your fellow grads are clamoring for the same positions. While you’re pondering your options, there is one that oftentimes gets overlooked. Volunteering may be the best way to use your skills, find some new ones and ultimately land your next job in your new career. Here are some good reasons why new graduates should volunteer.

Resume Builder
One of the easiest ways to boost your resume is by adding some volunteer experience. Volunteering shows potential employers that you are a well-rounded person and care about your local community. It also allows you to use the skills you have been crafting the past few years while in school.

Skill Builder
Along with using the skills you already have, volunteering will give you the opportunity to develop new ones in a more relaxed environment. Maybe you have a background in finance, but want to try your hand at marketing or event planning. Volunteering provides an opportunity to try on many different hats, which may lead to a new career choice. At least it will show potential employers that you are flexible and willing to try new things.

Network Builder
Who else volunteers? Business owners; and other influential people. But you won’t know unless you ask. This means that while you’re volunteering shoulder-to-shoulder, you need to get to know those working with you. Additionally, if you’re working hard, people will notice. It may just be the quickest way to get a foot in the door for your new career.

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