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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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Ideas for Commemorating Memorial Day with Service

Memorial Day’s meaning gets a little clouded by the last Monday in May. Your neighbor may prep his boat for a day at the lake, and your coworkers are probably abuzz with excitement over spending a vacation day shopping or picnicking. But how will you spend it?

It’s important to take time to relax on Memorial Day—it is, after all, the unofficial start of summer vacation. But we’re inclined to think that a Memorial Day spent entirely on you is a Memorial Day wasted. Include in your Memorial Day celebration some commemoration of the fallen service members who inspired it.

Write Stuff
Cheer up deployed service members with a surprise note or care package. Receiving mail from home will do more than temporarily lift their spirits. It will also remind military personnel how much you appreciate them. Plan to mail your parcel the Saturday before or the Tuesday after Memorial Day, since the post office will be closed on Monday.

Help Out(doors)
Surprising as it may be, cemeteries actually need volunteers. Let Memorial Day be the first of many days you honor veterans who died in battle. Helping out at a local veteran’s cemetery is a very practical way to honor fallen service members. Find out if your local cemetery needs help mowing lawns, raising and lowering flags when appropriate or removing litter.

You can also volunteer for an individual veteran. Aged or disabled veterans may especially be in need of your assistance, whether your help involves yard work or fetching groceries.

Join In
Look around the community for Memorial Day activities that you’re interested in. Sometimes attendance can make or break Memorial Day traditions, so supporting them is an important way to keep these cultural events going. Attend parades or speeches given by veterans in your community.

Donate
Sacrifice something of your own this Memorial Day. You can give up or giveaway necessities or luxuries as a way to connect with the ultimate sacrifice made by fallen service members. Your sacrifice—whether it’s a food, clothing or blood donation—may pale in comparison to the sacrifices commemorated on Memorial Day, but it’s still a way to honor others.

Express Yourself
If nothing else, thank a veteran the next time you see one. Volunteering and expressing your gratitude to veterans doesn’t have to begin and end on Memorial Day.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way