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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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Be a Volunteer Survivor

Now you’ve gone and done it, or at least many of us have. January 17 has passed and with it National Ditch Your Resolution Day. Hopefully you’re still going strong with your resolutions, but to those of you that haven’t, read on. There’s still hope.

The television show “Survivor” says it all with their slogan. Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. And when it comes to resolving to volunteer more for nonprofit organizations, the hardest part may be outlasting that norm of ditching your resolutions so early in the year. Use these ideas to keep on track so that this year you’ve made a difference with your resolutions.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again
Sometimes, we want to set lofty goals. Maybe you committed to volunteer for an amount of time each week that you are now realizing will be impossible. You don’t have to feel bad if you can’t do what you set out to do. Just realize that it is never too late to adjust your goal. Cut back on hours, or maybe even find a different way to contribute. Nobody runs a marathon the first day of training, and you shouldn’t try to accomplish your highest goal right away. Be realistic so that you can feel good about completing the small steps, and eventually you will be able to work your way up to that big goal you set.

Remind and Motivate
The chances of you completing your goal are always increased when you have somebody cheering you on. Whether it’s your spouse, kids or close friends, have somebody who knows what you’re setting out to accomplish and who may even has the same goal. If you have somebody doing the same thing with you, you can both remind each other of the goal at hand and motivate each other to succeed. When somebody is depending on you, it makes it that much harder to give up on your goals.

Take It Day by Day
No matter what your goal, you need to make progress toward it every day. Maybe you have a set number of hours you want to put in each month toward volunteering at your favorite nonprofit. If that’s the case, a longer time period leaves you with more room to procrastinate, and then ultimately ends up hurting your chances of actually achieving your mission. To keep on track, make a list of things that you can complete for the nonprofit organization, and set weekly tasks to achieve your goals.

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