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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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Volunteerism for the Ages

Every generation is shaped by the events and shared experiences of their lives. The Baby Boomers moved to the suburbs, witnessed a man land on the moon, lived through the Vietnam War in their bell-bottom jeans as Hippies worked for peace. Generation X watched video kill the radio star on MTV and saw the fall of the Berlin Wall. Millennials were bonded by September 11 as they shared their lives on the internet.

All of these events—and others—have had a significant impact on how generations view life and that includes their volunteering habits. Here is a brief look at how each generation views volunteering.

Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
There are 77 million Baby Boomers in the United States, so it’s no surprise this group volunteers the most of all generations. Boomers have started to retire, giving them more time to give to organizations. They love to share professional expertise, so it’s a good chance you’ll find Boomers in a board position. This generation also likes to tutor or mentor and volunteers for their church. Consider these volunteer traits: Hardworking, competitive and goal oriented.

Generation X (1965-1981)
It’s no surprise that Generation X has a completely different view of volunteerism. The workaholic Baby Boomers and an increased divorce rate paved the way for Xers to develop a sense of independence early on. Their response has been to strike a healthy work-life balance where they spend volunteer hours centered on their kids’ activities. While other generations have a more worldly view, Xers tend to focus on local causes where they can quickly see the results of their labor. Consider these volunteer traits: Individualistic, resourceful and flexible.

Millennials (1982-2000)
As Millennials are entering adulthood, they happen to be one of the fastest growing demographics for volunteering. Because of the internet, increased airline access and events that shaped their generation, they have a world view. Millennials have the ability to travel around the globe while volunteering for a number of causes, such as Teach for America and the Peace Corps. It’s not uncommon for this generation to take a year before entering the workforce to help a cause. Because Millennials grew up with technology, they have the ability to bring nonprofits up-to-speed in their understanding of the latest. Consider these volunteer traits: Achievement oriented, attention craving and tech savvy.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way