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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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Become a Better Volunteer. Wear Shoes.

Growing up, an influential role model probably told you to take a walk in another’s shoes so that you could better understand where they came from. This is an important life lesson that builds better relationships. And when you’re volunteering, that advice is more relevant than ever. If you understand where the people you’re helping are coming from, you will be able to increase the quality of your volunteer efforts. Here’s how you can get in that mindset to improve your volunteer skills and become a volunteering pro.

More Than Showing Up
There are several motives for volunteers. Some people are forced to. But most truly have a passion for lending a hand. By trying to gain understanding of the organization, the volunteers and the people the organization serves, you’re already becoming more than the person who just shows up. You’re going the extra mile. Organizations search for people who are there to make a difference and for people who believe in the mission.

Communication and Visualization
By using a two step process of communication and visualization, you will be able to accurately understand where another person is coming from. So start by communicating with other successful volunteers and see what they do that makes them such a great volunteer. Then, communicate with the people the nonprofit is serving. Find out why they’re taking advantages of the services the nonprofit offers, or what makes the organization special to them.

Next, visualize yourself in their position. That could just mean that every time you volunteer, you keep in mind how the volunteers that you admire are doing things. That could also mean that every time you help another person at the organization, you think about why they need the organization. In no time, this process will help you be a better volunteer.

After you’ve been using this philosophy, you will be able to better understand the nonprofit’s mission that you’ve been volunteering for. Eventually your hard work will pay off, and others will notice the extra effort as a volunteer. Before long, your shoes will be big shoes to fill.

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