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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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Keep the Season of Giving Alive

It seems that the holidays can bring out the best in some people. But just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean our giving spirit needs to stop. There are plenty of ways that you can continue giving back to others with the remaining traces of your holiday celebrations. Use these suggestions to keep the holiday spirit that you feel in December alive into the rest of the year.

No Returns Make Great Rewards
We’ve all been there. You open up that holiday gift and slowly realize that you have no idea what the gift is or even what it’s used for. Or maybe you received that sweater you had your eye on, but there’s no way you’re fitting into this two-sizes-too-big sweater. And then, when you look up to meet the excited eyes of the gift giver, instead of crushing their holiday spirit you exclaim how much you love “it”, whatever “it” is. You could take it back later. But instead, think about how you can give back.

In this case, the saying is true. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Just because you don’t have a use for whatever gift you’ve received doesn’t mean that somebody out there isn’t in need of that gift. And since it was a gift, why not keep the chain of kindness going. Sure, you could return it to the store and get some money back. But this is a perfect time to give back, and it didn’t cost you a penny in the first place. So donate your unneeded gifts to people who need them and maybe couldn’t afford them without your help.

Pass the Plate A Little Further
Holiday parties and gatherings are a staple during this time of year. And everybody always ends up bringing way more to eat than each person should be physically capable of consuming. This year, instead of letting that leftover ham or turkey go to waste, why not give it to somebody who could really use it? Bring that leftover food to families in need.

If you don’t have leftovers, try volunteering your time at a local food bank or soup kitchen. You can serve meals, or even just donate some canned goods. Think about how good it feels after you finish your big meal, and imagine the hunger that some people have all the time. It’ll make you appreciate what you have, and hopefully make you want to help others.

Time Can Be Better Than Money
Above all else, spending your time can be the most precious gift to give. Although material needs are always there, sometimes it is the gift of a real person and their time that can make the most difference. With your kids taking a break from school or your family visiting in town, this is a perfect time to get them involved and have them experience the power of giving back to a community. You’ll feel great about your deeds and will appreciate the things in your life that you might not have noticed before.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way