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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 


    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.  


  • 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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The True Reason for Memorial Day

Burgers sizzling on the grill, a much-needed day off work and relaxation are all associated with Memorial Day. But this day has a greater meaning than grilling and rest that should not be forgotten. Observed May 28 this year, Memorial Day was created to honor those who died defending our country, displaying acts of heroism and valor. So while this day is a day to be with family and friends, also use this day as a time to show your appreciation for those who have lost their lives serving in the armed forces, or even those serving currently. Here are some ways you can honor those lost and make the most of this year’s Memorial Day.

Participate in Remembrance
Every year, a National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3pm across the country. Wherever you are, take time to stop and participate in the remembrance. Everyone is affected by the military in some form or another, and those impacted heavily will be grateful to know that you and the community appreciate the work of those in the armed forces.

Raise Funds for Troops
Somewhere in or around your community, there is probably a family who has lost a loved one in the military or who still has a family member fighting overseas. Although Memorial Day was established as a holiday of remembrance for those lost, you can use it as a day to honor those still living who are dealing with the absence of a soldier. First, set up a place where community members can make donations. Try high traffic areas, like a local grocery store or a gas station. Then, get the word out to let people know that they can help. The gratitude that you’ll receive when you present the family with the donations makes the planning and time worthwhile.

Make a Memorial
One way to remember fallen soldiers is to help decorate the gravestones. Pick out flowers to replace ones that have dried out or wilted. You could either go to the store to buy a memorial, or you could even make your own. Pick wildflowers and arrange them into a bouquet. You could even write down words of thanks and leave them as a form of remembrance. And, since your memorial will look fresh and new it will help others who see it remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Another memorial option is to tie a yellow ribbon around trees in your community park. Yellow ribbons have been tied around trees to show support for the military. People use the ribbons for different meanings, and you can display them in your community for either the soldiers still fighting or in memory of soldiers that have died. Have the family members help participate in a special ceremony to honor those soldiers. They’ll be grateful for your appreciation.

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