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Our organization is dedicated to helping people in our community break through the cycle of poverty and mental illness. This includes raising awareness about the experience of living with mental illness, to end the cycle of poverty for those that seek our services, and build bridges in our community for those who are lost. Discover how your help makes an impact.


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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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Don’t Wait to Advocate

There’s no doubt that volunteering is a rewarding task, whether you’re considered a newbie or a service project pro. Helping others out just feels good. And in order to get the best volunteer experience possible, you need to be passionate about the subject. It’s time to stop sitting back and to start being an advocate for what you believe in. That way, you will feel even more in tune to the organization. Even the shyest person can be a volunteer advocate, and here is how.

Pick Your Passion
This is the easiest part about becoming an advocate. Think about what really sparks your passion. There is probably a topic that hits home for you because it has affected your life, or you’ve just always had an interest in the subject. Then think about how you can reach out to that specific cause. Search online for organizations near you.

Reach Out to an Organization
Now that you’ve found an organization with a mission you can believe in, volunteer with them. The best way to get to know the organization is to start small. You don’t have to automatically try for a spot on the board of directors, but you do need to start learning the ins and outs of the organization. Once you know the people and the way the organization works, it’s up to your own judgment to know if it’s a good fit for you. Then ask them how you can help spread the word. Advocating will only work if you truly believe in the organization you’re backing.

Find Your Strengths
There are several ways to advocate, and it all depends on what you’re good at. If you’re known for your extrovert qualities, you’ll have no problem. Target groups that would have an interest in your mission. Then get up in front of them and speak from your heart. Tell about the rewarding parts of volunteering, and about why your cause is the best.

If you’re shy, you don’t have to be the person up in front of a huge crowd. Start smaller by helping with mailings or maybe talk about the organization with individuals that you know. This should help you build confidence to start talking with others about the organization. It doesn’t hurt to come prepared with information pamphlets or handouts to ease your nerves.

Reap the Benefits
If you’re out advocating for an organization, people will remember you. And when they come in to volunteer, you’ll feel great when they know who you are and say that you’re the reason they chose the organization to donate their time. So find something you care about and advocate to feel more fulfilled with your volunteer experience.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way