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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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Promote Volunteering for Development

We all want to live in a better world. And with a little promotion, you can get others excited to volunteer, helping improve the place we all call home. December 5 is international volunteer day for economic and social development. Don’t let the long name fool you, it’s actually a ridiculously easy holiday to celebrate. The holiday is recognized by the United Nations, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a world traveler to make a difference. So use this day to volunteer in the place you call home, and to make the world a better place.

Involve the Community
The UN doesn’t call it a community service project for nothing. That’s because volunteering in your community will help improve your surroundings and should involve community members. Work with your neighbors and come up with some ideas for a project to work on in your community. Then when you have a list, hold a community volunteer day where everyone comes together to help out.

Recognize and Reward
There’s always someone in our lives that we know goes above and beyond when volunteering. Maybe they clock the most hours, or they’re always coming up with new ways to give back. To keep their volunteering spirit up, let them know that you appreciate what they’ve done, and that you want them to continue volunteering. Give them a token of your appreciation, which could be as small as a thank you card. To really let them know you care, find out if your community offers any awards to outstanding volunteers and nominate those deserving people.

Educate to Dominate
Sometimes people avoid volunteering because they don’t know where to volunteer, or are busy and can’t find the time. But education is the best way to get others to volunteer. So don’t be shy about your latest volunteering adventure. Tell your friends, family and community members about volunteer opportunities you’ve done, and fill them in on how great it made you feel. Be honest with them and you’ll end up recruiting simply through word of mouth. With just a little explanation, you’ll find that others are more willing to lend a hand.

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