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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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Take a Volunteer Vacation

Does work have you feeling a little down lately? Maybe you’ve been waiting for your chance to get away. Vacations can be a great way to relieve some stress, but they can also be a great time to volunteer. Next time you can get away from your normal routine, consider helping someone else out and lending a hand to a nonprofit.

Far, Far Away
If you’re off to a far away place, you’ve probably been planning for months. But try taking at least one day out of your itinerary to do some volunteer work. This will provide you and your companions with volunteer options unique from anything else that you’ve experienced. Remember that people all over the world need help, and this is your chance to make a difference on a larger scale.

A Few Days Journey
If you can steal away for even the weekend, you will find plenty of organizations within a few hours from your home that need assistance. Make a weekend getaway out of it by volunteering for half of the day, and using the other half to see the sights or go out on the town. You’ll feel good about your day after you know that you’ve made a difference in someone else’s day.

In Your Area
If even for only a day, you can make the most out of your experience by giving back to your community. After all, it’s the place where you reside, and wouldn’t you like to see it running at it’s best? Pick a local organization to lend a hand at, and call ahead to let them know you’d like to help out. They’ll be thrilled to have the extra help for a day, and you can even develop a relationship to come back in the future since they are close to you.

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