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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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How to Create a Company Culture of Giving

There are several ways a company can practice good corporate citizenship. One way is to create a culture of giving where management, employees and the business give back to the community. In 2010, Dell logged over 200 thousand hours of community service. That is an estimated economic impact of over $4.1 million. While that is inspiring, many companies just don’t have that kind of people power. But that shouldn’t hinder you from creating a giving culture and make an impact on your community.

Lead by Example
It all begins at the top. If you are part of the upper management team you need to practice what you preach. If you want to create a giving culture make sure you are leading the way. You can’t speak about giving and then not participate yourself. Additionally, you should give the appropriate amount of respect and generosity to your employees so it fosters a giving nature.

Share the Benefits
If you’re supporting organizations as a company, you’ll want to choose organizations that reflect your company’s values and your employees’ passions. If possible, conduct a survey to help employees select the nonprofits you should support. This will certainly encourage participation from the entire staff.

Make it Easy
Because you’ve hired a diverse team, each employee probably has a unique passion for a nonprofit cause. Encourage each to pursue individual philanthropy by offering monthly or quarterly paid volunteer days.

Volunteering as a company or as individuals offers many benefits. Your employees will feel good about doing something for their community, and in return your community will look at you as a caring company. People like doing business with companies that care about the people in their community.

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