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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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Like Parent, Like Child: Teaching Them to Be Charitable

If you’re a parent, you know that getting your kids to do what you’d like them to do isn’t always an easy task. Some nights getting them to eat their vegetables or do their chores is enough to make you go insane. But like a good parent, you are persistent in getting your kids to do the things that will help them grow up to be the type of people you admire and respect. When they’re right into their toddler stage, you teach them to be nice to the other kids and to share their toys. And once they’ve mastered that lesson, it’s time to take their generosity to the next level. If your kids are older, there’s no need to panic. It’s never too late to teach them the ins and outs of being philanthropic. This advice will have your kids wanting to be charitable because they will experience how good it feels to be helping others.

They’re Watching You
Kids are like sponges. It’s amazing how many details they absorb from their surroundings that you wouldn’t even realize. You might find yourself asking them where they learned how to do something, and they’ll say they saw you do it. And as the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So what does that mean for you? It means you shouldn’t be stingy when it comes to being charitable. Go the extra mile to show them that being charitable is a priority for you. If you start them at the right age, they’ll do anything to be just like you. And if you’re being generous and kind, they’re going to take notice and mimic the things you do.

Love Thy Neighbor
You can do a variety of acts to show them how to be charitable, and your neighbors are convenient to help you teach your kids. For example, take them with you the next time you go over to lend the neighbors a hand. Try to involve them somehow in the process. Whether you let them play in the snow while you help shovel the sidewalks or if they’re old enough to help out, they will see that you’re doing your part. Maybe you’re sending over baked goods to some people in your community. Get the kids involved by having them help you bake. Then, let them help deliver the goods. The looks of gratitude and the thanks they receive will help them understand how good it is to give to others.

If you want to teach them about monetary charitableness, let them be the ones to put the money into a local donation box. They will feel good about getting to contribute, even though they are using your money. Then when they’re old enough, they’ll know the feeling and want to give some of what they’ve earned. As an added bonus, teaching them to help neighbors and the community shows them the value of fellowship and giving back that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. They will take a sense of pride in where they live and strive to make it a great place to live.

Interest Kids with Their Interests
In order to get your kids involved, find out what they love to do. For example, maybe one of your kids loves animals. That means you can really get them involved with being charitable toward animals. Take them to an organization that helps save animals, and see if there are any ways they can help out. If you have the money, maybe you could help sponsor an animal to save. That way they could have ownership in knowing which animal they helped and wanting to help more.

And if their interests are changing, there is no need for them to hang on to unwanted toys that they’ve outgrown. Explain to them that somebody else could use the toys instead of throwing them out. Once again, have them go along with you to donate. That way they can see where their toys are going and they will get to see the rewards of being charitable. If you want to reward your child for this, try buying them one new toy after they’ve donated all of their old ones. It will give them something to suit their interest now, and explain to them that if they grow out of the toy then it will be donated again.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way