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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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Make the Small Things Count

Ever notice how something small can sometimes end up turning around a crummy day? So when it comes to altruistic endeavors, you don’t have to take on a huge project to make a difference. There are opportunities in your everyday routine where you can make another’s day. Here are some everyday tasks that you can do to show those around you that you care. Remember that even the smallest activities can have a huge impact on the lives of others, and you have the power to make them happen every single day.

Call a Friend Just to Chat
We all get wrapped up in our lives, but you never know how much it means to your friends or neighbors when you want to hear about what is going on in their lives. Take a few minutes to call somebody that you haven’t caught up with in awhile, and listen to the things that have been going on in their lives. They’ll be thankful that you care about them, and it’ll help strengthen the connection that you’ve already established.

Tell Someone Why They Matter
Oftentimes we take for granted the things about people in our lives that make them special to us. Take time to think about what you admire in the people that are special to you. Then let them know. We all feel underappreciated sometimes, and think about how much it would mean to them if you told them what made them so special to you. You’ll be glad you did.

Give a Small Surprise
Maybe it’s just an ordinary day, but you feel like there’s something to celebrate. Stop by a convenience store before work and pick up your coworker’s favorite drink. Tell them you’re celebrating that it’s Tuesday, or any other day of the week. They’ll appreciate the small surprise that they didn’t know was coming. You could even make one day of the week a tradition to celebrate so that you both look forward to coming into the office on those days. There are a variety of other small gifts you could surprise a coworker or friend with that will cost you little to no money. Make sure you listen to what they like, and you’ll have no problem thinking of an idea.

Leave a Note
Surprise somebody special in your life with a handwritten note. We often send emails, text messages or other electronic messages. There’s just something about an old-fashioned, handwritten letter that shows somebody you spent time to write out a special message. They will appreciate your time and effort spent on it.

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  • United Way
    United Way