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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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What to Ask When You’re Asked to Join a Nonprofit Board

You finally got the call. A nonprofit organization wants you to serve on their board of directors. While there are many ways to volunteer for an organization, serving on a board may be one of the most rewarding experiences. But having a board position comes with challenges. If this is your first rodeo, you may be awestruck into saying, “yes,” without hesitation. But to ensure the best experience possible, don’t be afraid to ask a few questions first.

Ask Yourself
Before you start asking questions of the nonprofit organization, you may want to ask a few questions of yourself.

Is this a cause you want to support? If you don’t have a passion for the nonprofit’s mission, programs and constituents they support, you won’t be an effective board member. Make sure you have an understanding of what the nonprofit does.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? Sure it’s about the organization’s mission, but you should feel rewarded personally. Whether you’re seeking new skills or networking opportunities be clear in your purpose. Make sure you have an understanding of why they want you on their board in the first place.

Boards Are Unique
Sure, nonprofit boards may look alike from a distance, but there are nuances. Know how the board is structured. Ask about board member job descriptions, committee responsibilities and the relationship of the staff to the board. Know about time commitments, if there’s a new member orientation or additional educational opportunities you’ll receive. You’ll also want to know who else is serving on the board.

We’re in the Money
Many boards operate as an additional fundraising arm of a nonprofit organization. First you need to know about the nonprofit’s financial health. Ask for their 1099, the latest financial reports and how often you’ll have access to this information. Several boards ask for a financial contribution from their board members, so you’ll have to factor the donation into consideration. Ask if you’re expected to help in fundraising; and ask about their major fundraising events and initiatives. You’ll also want to make sure the organization has directors and officers liability insurance, because when you sign onto a board you’re often taking personal responsibility for the organization.

If you don’t get the call to join a nonprofit board but you’re interested in giving your time in that way. Don’t hesitate to call your favorite nonprofit and ask about board opportunities. There’s a good chance you can get on the list.

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