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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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Nonprofits and Numbers: How You Can Help

As a dedicated nonprofit supporter, you’ve surely noticed that numbers preoccupy nonprofit leaders. It’s not that your favorite organizations enjoy their absorption with facts and figures. In many cases they have no choice.

Charitable organizations need donations to fund their programs. And they need volunteers like you to help them keep positive social change in motion. To help you help others, we’ve put together a few ideas for how you can take number pressure off nonprofits in your community.

Events that Earn More
There’s a considerable risk involved in hosting a fundraising event. But for most nonprofits it’s a risk worth taking. Fundraisers not only raise much-needed money for charities, they also increase awareness about the good work they’re doing.

But in order for local organizations to get a return on their investment in fundraisers, they need numbers. A good showing at a charitable event will make the difference between a record-setting year and lost revenue. So help your nonprofit get its numbers up. Announce fundraisers you’re attending on Twitter or Facebook and invite friends and followers to join you. Call up your closest pals to see if they’ll come along. Send an email to coworkers spreading the word, and ask them to invite their own friends.

Donation Downpour
Without generous donations, the number of people at charitable events doesn’t matter anyway. Besides the number of attendees at their fundraisers nonprofits worry over the number of donation dollars earned. Friends who decline your invitation to fundraisers might still make a donation. When they say they can’t attend, politely ask if they’d contribute a donation anyway.

Supporters who are willing to stick their neck out and ask for donations from friends are immensely valuable to every nonprofit.

Volunteer Surge
When leaving your house, you probably go through a mental checklist for your keys, your wallet and other must-haves. But when heading out to volunteer, we suggest adding one more thing to your list of essentials: a friend. Your friend may enjoy him or herself enough to become a regular volunteer.

Recruiting volunteers can be a headache for many nonprofits, helping them out by recruiting volunteers on your own will take the weight off your favorite charity’s shoulders.

The number of people attending fundraisers, amounts of dollars raised and the volunteer count doesn’t have to stress your favorite nonprofit. Try out the tips above to give charities some breathing room.

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