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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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Take Action For National Volunteer Week

From volunteer veterans to first-timers, there’s never a bad time to volunteer. And although we know that there doesn’t have to be a reason to volunteer, President Nixon gave us a reason anyway. In 1974, he established National Volunteer Week to put a greater emphasis on volunteering. This year, the week began yesterday and runs through April 21.

To all of our volunteers, we thank you for your service to our organization and to all of the other organizations you support. Our success and the success of all nonprofit organizations depend on your contributions to our causes. Here are some ways to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

Celebrate People in Action
Not only is volunteer week a great time to raise awareness about volunteering, but it is also a great time to make a self-assessment. The theme of National Volunteer Week is to “celebrate people in action.” We can always improve on our altruistic endeavors, and this slogan can be your motivation. First, identify what organizations you have helped or are passionate about. Then take time to look back at what you’ve accomplished in the past year. Maybe you’re satisfied with the amount of effort you have contributed, or you could find that you fell below your expected mark. Keep in mind that nobody remembers the person who thought about making a difference, they only remember the person who actually went and performed the actions. So use this week as a reminder to get out there and make your ideas a reality, because all it takes is the first step to change the world.

Not So Ordinary
While you may think that you have little to offer to an organization, you may want to think twice. President Barack Obama said it best when he described the history of our nation. “Our nation has been profoundly shaped by ordinary Americans who have volunteered their time and energy to overcome extraordinary challenges,” Obama said. All it takes is that one little spark to be ignited to start a fire of change. So, get out in the community and help spread the word about your volunteer passions so people want to help you give back.

Tomorrow, This Week and Always
While the week is a great reminder to volunteer, President Obama released a statement regarding National Volunteer Week, in which he called Americans to act more than just the week of April 15-21. “I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives,” Obama said. So let’s all come together this week, and in the future to volunteer and better the world around us. Nothing can quite beat the feeling you know that you’ve helped make a difference in someone’s life. And that life may just be yours.

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