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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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It’s Time for a Network Update

If you feel strongly about a certain cause, chances are you want others to understand and feel the same way you do. But sometimes, others haven’t shown an interest in something because they simply aren’t educated in the subject. That’s why, if you have a strong belief in an organization or their mission, you need to be the one to get out there and make it happen. You’ll feel great knowing that you are not only helping out a mission that you believe in, but also the fact that your networking skills brought the people to a nonprofit you care about.

Back to the Basics
Before the technology we have at our disposal today that help us reach out to others, everyone did it the old fashioned way. There’s just something that can’t quite beat a face-to-face conversation with another person. It’s just more personal than emailing or Facebooking to communicate. If you’re passionate about what you believe in, you’ll have no problem gaining some new contacts by simply striking up a conversation. With small talk usually comes the question, “What do you do?”  Instead of simply telling people about your job, talk to them about what you’re passionate about. It’s likely a more interesting conversation, and you’ll have someone engaged in the nonprofit you believe in.

Partner Up
There are a variety of groups that host fairs where different organizations come to educate people about their mission and how they can get involved. Make sure you use those opportunities to network. Bring visual aids so that participants will remember you. This could include anything from flyers to a fun video that displays the key components of your organization. Whatever you choose, make sure that your information is best displayed to appeal to your audience. That way, you’ll make a variety of new contacts all in one day.

Keep it Within
While you can network on your own, there are also a variety of opportunities to network through your favorite nonprofit that supports a mission you believe in. One of the main goals of a nonprofit is to get out into the community. Because of this, when you’re volunteering somewhere or doing something in the community people are bound to ask you why you’re doing what you’re doing, or what organization you’re a part of. Don’t just give them the organization’s name. Instead, tell them why the mission is so special to you. That has a greater deal of leverage when it comes to making new contacts because hopefully, people will be able to relate to your mission. They may in turn wish to help out through their time or monetary contributions.

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