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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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Volunteering Like the Cool Kids

What are your kids doing with their time this summer? Nonprofit organizations are now coming up with more ways to get kids involved in their community as volunteers. Even kids have taken it upon themselves to create ways to give back. Here are some cool kids that have done some cool things with their time.

“When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” - Alex Scott
In 2000, a four-year-old girl named Alex Scott decided to open a lemonade stand to raise funds for the local cancer hospital—her cancer hospital. Diagnosed at the age of one, Alex knew that there were many other kids struggling with cancer whose families were desperately hoping for a cure.

All of the funds that she made would be donated to research for new treatments and a cure. After passing away, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was created by her parents. So now kids across America wanting to participate can set up a lemonade stand and donate the money they make to Alex’s foundation. If your kids are thinking about setting up a lemonade stand encourage them to help cure childhood cancer, one cup at a time.

Just Take a Walk
When Zach Bonner was 10-years-old he walked 280 miles from his hometown in Florida to Tallahassee to bring awareness to the millions of homeless kids in America. He raised $25 thousand and donated the money to the kids and families made homeless because of Hurricane Katrina. A year later, in 2007, he walked from Tallahassee to Atlanta and raised an additional $17 thousand to be donated to homeless kids in his area and Habitat for Humanity. A simple idea taken to a monumental level, all Zach did was decide to take a walk. Brainstorm ideas with your kids of things they can do to raise money for something that they think is important. The activity can be as simple as taking a walk. Just get the word out and let them have fun.

Your kids don’t have to do something that could have been on the Oprah Winfrey Show. They can do something as small as participating in a charity bake sale, helping out at an animal shelter or have a charity car wash. The intent of your kids volunteering isn’t just for the results they yield, but also for them to experience the wonderful satisfaction of helping others.  

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