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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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Celebrate MLK’s Legacy with People Who Need You

Nearly thirty years have passed since Ronald Reagan made the third Monday in January a national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. And since it was first officially celebrated in 1986, Americans have honored the great civil rights leader of our past by serving the country for which Dr. King worked tirelessly.

In his typical blend of wisdom and inspiration, Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—and what a perfect day to begin a volunteering relationship with a nonprofit whose mission resonates with you. Answer MLK’s inspiring call for the services of others by resolving to help people in your community.

Today can be the first of many days you spend helping others. To begin a life of service like Martin Luther King Jr.’s, research local nonprofit and charitable organizations in your community. The nonprofit you serve can be a small, local operation or some branch of a national charity. In selecting a nonprofit to volunteer for, make sure that your choice works toward a cause you’re passionate about. The more emotionally connected you are to the mission of the organization, the more likely you will be to commit to serving them for the long term. And nonprofits love that.

If you find yourself stuck on which group to help in your community, think about activities you enjoy. For example—if you’re a voracious reader, look for opportunities in local schools that need help with after school reading programs. Or become a conversation partner to help English language learners. In addition to considering how you like to spend your time, think about talents or abilities you value highly. Athletes grateful for their running and jumping make perfect partners for people with physical disabilities.

Don’t underestimate your own influence, either. Mistakenly assuming that your work is too humble or small for others to benefit from, threatens to dissuade you from volunteer work altogether. But every bit of service you offer others helps. You don’t have to be a public figure or rousing orator like Martin Luther King, Jr. to help your community. You simply have to be willing and generous.

Charities and other nonprofit organization depend on you and your loved ones to help them meet their goals. Without your service and that of others, the charitable organizations in your community would struggle to make a difference. Volunteer for a local nonprofit to help others. Service is a wonderful tribute to MLK. More importantly, it’s a wonderful response to people in the community who need you.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way