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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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Oh, the Places You’ll Volunteer

The earliest parts of the summer mark truly exciting times for people in your community—especially kids, and those who are graduating from high school.

Few things are more exciting than saying goodbye to the school that took some of the most awkward and rewarding years of your life. Getting older and taller, starting to drive and date, and then maybe even getting your heart broken. We all remember.

Now what do your kids, cousins, nieces/nephews or friends do with their lives now? You can’t forget the whole “the world is your oyster” bit, so help out by being encouraging—especially to give back to the community that gave them so much.

Head to the Hills, or Maybe Just a Camp
Summer is notorious for being filled with various types of camps, most suited for a community’s youngsters who have three months of freedom. Whatever your area, you’re bound to find a camp to lend your time. Some of these might last the whole summer, but others can be just a week or 2 to 3. Don’t let these blocks of time be discouraging. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be refreshing, especially for one that’s soon headed off to college.

Stay in School(s)
These new graduates might be out of school, but there are kids of all ages waiting to get where they are, and so are the schools. The schools in your community use the summer to get ready for the next year. New textbooks, desks or other items might be coming in, so this can be a good way to help out local schools—even if you didn’t go there. Also, the school district could use some help with summer programs, so give them a call and see what your kids can do to help.

Don’t Jump Over the Gap Year
There’s a good chance that your graduate will move on to more education post high school. But remember, it might not be for everyone—at least not right away. Try not to take the notion of a gap year too hard. Instead, continue to encourage good deeds to fill their time.

This year can be instrumental on how the following years impact their life, so it’s important for recent graduates to fill it with positive experiences. When taking time off, a mission trip can be an amazing choice. These don’t need to be as exotic as you might think, but some traveling will be involved. There are so many other communities around the world that need our help, so using a gap year to help one of them could be something recent graduates remember forever.

Let these ideas soak in, wait for the tassels to flip sides and then encourage your community’s youth to use their newfound freedom to do some good.

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