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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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Volunteer Excuses Put to Rest

Let’s face it. When you don’t want to do something, there are minuscule reasons that seem to get in the way. When it comes to giving back to your community, many times we allow other things to get in the way that we could often easily change if we tried. But we’re only human, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the tasks of our daily lives where we forget that we have the opportunity to improve our world and make a difference. So what’s your excuse? Here are a few that we hear and ways to get you motivated if you want to volunteer.

I don’t have enough time.
We’re all busy. But imagine if everybody in the world simply said they were too busy. This excuse is nothing that time management can’t fix. Think about all of the time that we essentially waste on social media, television shows or simply not doing much of anything. While we all need down time, with a simple shuffling of your schedule you can free up some time to volunteer. Maybe you can turn your social media time into helping a nonprofit with their social media presence.

Now isn’t the right time.
We’ve all said it before. The timing just isn’t right. But often, if we allow this to become an excuse the chances are we will keep putting it off. So if you think the timing isn’t right, take time to stop and ask why the timing isn’t right. Chances are, you’ll be able to see that this is just an excuse to put off volunteering longer. Don’t let this one get in the way. What would Thomas Jefferson say? “Never put off till tomorrow what you could do today.”

I’m just not passionate about a specific mission.
We all have a passion for something. The problem is that sometimes we don’t dig deep enough to find it. There are tons of nonprofits that need help, ranging from a variety of interests. Start by listing your hobbies. No matter what your hobby or interest, there is somebody else who started a nonprofit to achieve a mission similar to your interests. Although volunteering anywhere is helpful, you’ll be best able to thrive in a setting where you really care about the mission.

I don’t have any good skills to offer.
You may not think that you have any type of skills to help out at a nonprofit. However, nonprofits will take any help that they can get. Just because you don’t know how you can help doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try. Call up the nonprofit and tell them why you want to help. They might ask you questions about how you can help, and they will ultimately place you into an area where you’ll be needed.

I have a family to look after.
It’s never too early to teach your family about the rewards of volunteering. Take them along with you on a Saturday afternoon for a learning experience that they will remember for a long time. Even better, make it a regular outing for your family and start your kids volunteering at an early age. Then it will become a habit early on for your kids, and they will be more likely to continue volunteering later in life.

I don’t know how to get started.
Getting started is simple. You can call a nonprofit or go there in person. All you have to do is ask them how you can help. Sometimes, the first step is the hardest. They won’t turn you down, and you’ll be glad you took the first step. So the time is now, and no more excuses. Start volunteering today.

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