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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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Loving Valentine’s Day, Single or Taken

This year, there’s no need to focus on whether you’ve proclaimed February 14 “Singles Awareness Day” or if you’re celebrating the love of your life. No matter if you’re single or taken, Valentine’s Day is a great way to spread some love in the world. Instead of getting caught up in the commercial part of the holiday, focus on ways that you can show the people in your life that you love them. These simple and easy acts will have you loving Valentine’s Day, and others will appreciate your efforts.

The Gift that Keeps Giving
If you’re going to give the ones you love a gift, you can find gifts that also benefits others. Many companies offer products that also benefit a cause when you purchase them. Those gifts will have much more meaning, especially if your loved ones have an interest in the organization that’s benefiting from your purchase.

Give Away Your Gifts
Surprise your loved ones by giving the money you would have spent on a gift and give it to a charity you know they love. The gift will last much longer than roses and chocolates. You can also give the gift of time. Make your Valentine’s Day date with an organization you’re passionate about. Whether you’re with a significant other or volunteer on your own, you’ll have a great holiday knowing you’re making a difference.

Spread the Love Around
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to simply be for the couples. Give some of your love to people who may need it. Make Valentine’s Day cards for people who may need you to brighten their day. Send mail to troops overseas, or even somebody in the hospital. They’ll be happy to know that somebody is thinking of them, and you’ll feel great knowing that you made a difference in their day. It can also be especially rewarding if they write you a letter back, so include a return address just in case.

Childhood Valentines
Take this Valentine’s Day to show the ones you care about in your life how much they mean to you. But instead of spending loads of money on an elaborate gift, do something that comes from your heart. This can be as simple as making them a homemade card like the ones you used to make as a kid. Go all out sprinkling glitter on glue and dotting your letters with hearts. If you really want to go back to your childhood days, send an anonymous Valentine to someone special in your life. Write a personalized message telling them how much they mean to you. If the card is personalized enough, they’ll know it was you and they’ll appreciate that you were thinking of them on this holiday.

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