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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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Dark Night of the Earth

On March 31, we hope every home on your street goes dark. And wouldn’t it make your Saturday night out even more romantic if the restaurant served your dinner by candlelight? Plus your yard won’t think anything of it if you switch off the landscape lights for one measly little hour.

On an early spring evening in Sydney in 2006, Australians first answered World Wildlife Fund-Australia’s call for an hour without lights. Now it’s gone global.

WWF’s Earth Hour is a call for cities, business and individuals to switch off their lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. local time the last Saturday in March. It’s a viral event—first dubbed “The Big Flick”—created to drum up support and awareness for lasting climate change action. The Saturday night blackout inspires people of every culture to become proactive about halting climate change.

Fundraising is an important part of effecting positive social change. But WWF’s Earth Hour is a great example of how working together and sacrificing a little convenience can make a difference without costing money.

Last year, over 5,000 cities and towns across the world switched off their lights to send a message about climate change. In fact, people’s enthusiasm for defending the planet by participating in Earth Hour has helped the event “Go Beyond the Hour.” Now Earth Hour is only the beginning. Consider turning your lights off on March 31 the first step in a lifelong commitment to sustainability.

As WWF points out, Earth Hour relies heavily on social media channels like blogging and Facebook to spread the word about this worldwide, world-changing event. Nonprofits and their supporters can spread good ideas with social media. And the more we share great ideas and activities such as Earth Hour, the better our world (and our climate).

Can you spare an hour of electricity this Saturday? In doing so you’ll participate in an international movement that’s found increasing success by raising awareness about climate change. One dark hour can make one big change—all you have to do is participate. Better still, recruit friends and family members to participate along with you.

Earth Hour is an event every person and every organization can get behind. WWF’s Earth Hour is your call to be proactive about stopping climate change. Will you answer it?

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