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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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Helping Another Mother on Mother’s Day

Don’t forget, or you’ll disappoint your poor mother. Sunday May 13 is Mother’s Day, and we’re happy to help you plan a special day that honors your mother and helps others.
Every mother would prefer quality time with you to a material gift. We’re certain your mom would be happier if you spent every Mother’s Day with her instead of mailing a card or even sending flowers. But not everyone lives close enough to his or her parents to spend Mother’s Day with mom.

So instead of sending a greeting card or a bouquet of flowers, make a gift of yourself for Mother’s Day. We love the idea of doing something for other mothers in your momma’s honor.

Best Money Ever Spent
Much like Christmas, gift giving gets expensive and distracts givers and recipients from the very reason for exchanging gifts. We still think you should give a gift on Mother’s Day, but not to your mother. Make a donation to your mom’s favorite charity in her name.

Mommy & Me
Help out another mother in commemoration of Mother’s Day and in honor of her sacrifices for you. Volunteer for a cause or a group that’s dear to her heart. Especially if you spend the day working at a woman’s shelter or an organization that helps children, your day will be more meaningful and full of love than any Mother’s Day before it.

Give and Don’t Receive
A little spring cleaning on Sunday afternoon would do others good. Clean out your family’s closets and donate gently used or outgrown clothing. Give the clothes to families with children who need them more. You can also clean out your children’s bookshelves and toy boxes. This is an especially thoughtful donation because charities benefiting low-income families don’t enjoy the same attention this time of year as they do around the holidays.

Motherhood essentially boils down to benevolence and a giving heart. Mom gave you life and took care of you, so honor her selflessness by taking care of others on Mother’s Day.

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