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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    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.  

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  • 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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Share Your Volunteer Experiences on LinkedIn

Social networking is a great way to keep up with friends, connect with new people and even to just stay in the loop. But now, social networking is finding a place in the nonprofit world. LinkedIn recently released a new feature allowing users to add sections to their profile. One of the sections is titled “volunteer experience and causes.” Keep reading to find out why you should not only add to the section, but also check out your friends’ sections.

Find New Organizations
LinkedIn is already unique in that it allows you to connect with your coworkers and other friends in a professional setting. With the new option for sections, you are able to see some of the places where those closest to you are volunteering. Chances are that you’ll find organizations that you didn’t know existed with some really awesome missions. The new links will allow you to explore new opportunities and hopefully find an organization that you can be passionate about.

Tell Others Why Your Organization Rocks
Do you volunteer at an organization you know outshines the rest? By boasting about it on the volunteer experience and causes section of your LinkedIn profile, you are letting your connections know that you really care for the organization. People who view your profile might know where you work, but they might not know anything about the work that you do at a nonprofit organization. This feature gives you the chance to educate others about some great volunteer opportunities.

Find Volunteers Like You
Maybe your coworkers know that in the office, you’re the funny guy who makes people smile. But what they don’t know is that you use your humor to volunteer working with children. Whatever the case, posting on your profile is a discreet way to tell others about what causes you’re interested in outside of the office. There are probably people in your office that will be surprised at where you volunteer. Even more surprising, they might even be interested in the same cause. If you can find those people who relate to the organization’s mission, you’ll end up helping out your favorite nonprofits in the long run.

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