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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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Make a Difference in a Life During National Mentor Month

Everyone needs someone to look up to in his or her life. Without our friends, family and mentors, you probably wouldn’t be the same people that you are today. Think back to somebody that had a strong influence on your life. What qualities did they possess? Mentors can possess the qualities to help motivate you to achieve your dreams, offer advice when you don’t know what to do and even guide you through the ups and downs of life. Now it’s time to repay the favor. January is national mentoring month, and it’s your turn to be a leader and role model for someone, or even for your community.

Become a Role Model
When most people think of becoming a mentor, they picture one-on-one meetings with someone younger than them. While there is a great need for those types of mentoring programs, there are also other ways to become a mentor. If you want to get involved in a formal program such as Big Brothers Big Sisters or through your local YMCA, there are a number of organizations. But you don’t have to sign up as a mentor to become a role model. Take a leadership role on a community project. You can become a mentor without even realizing it just by setting a good example. Others will come to you if they need advice or help after you’ve established yourself in the community.

Support a Program
If you feel you don’t have time to be an effective mentor, there are other ways to help. Maybe your company can partner with a mentoring organization in some way that not only helps the organization but also furthers your company’s brand. Of course mentoring organizations—as with many nonprofits—could use financial support to further their mission, if you would want to make a contribution.

Reap the Benefits
According to The National Mentoring Partnership, there are many benefits to those involved in a mentor program. For example, youth involved in mentor programs have higher rates of attendance at school and better chances of going on to higher education. Mentoring can also enhance health by preventing substance abuse and negative activities, according to the organization. Finally, statistics show that mentoring helps youth develop relationships and gain trust and communication skills.

Don’t forget to make a point this month to thank someone who’s made a difference in your life.

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