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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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Be a Much Needed Hero and Donate Blood

If you could volunteer to save a life with no harm done to yourself, wouldn’t you do it? Last year, 90 countries reported that more than nine million people received a blood transfusion. That’s more than 810 million transfusions last year alone. Without blood donations, those lives would have been lost. But through the Red Cross, you have the power to make a difference. June 14 is World Blood Donor Day. The day was established to create awareness for the need of safe blood and blood products, as well as to thank voluntary blood donors for saving lives.

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Every Blood Donor is a Hero.” According to the World Health Organization, this year’s theme was established to thank those who give regularly and inspire others to start donating blood.

Although this year’s global event takes place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, you can still celebrate and get involved with the World Blood Donor Day from wherever you live through donating, hosting a drive or volunteering. Here’s how.

Donate Blood
According to the Red Cross, only three out of every 100 people in America donate blood. Each time you donate blood you save three lives. With life-saving statistics like that, donating seems like a no brainer.

First, find a location site to donate. Remember to drink plenty of fluids, eat a healthy meal and keep iron levels up before donating. When you arrive, bring two forms of identification with you. Then it’s time to relax and let the professionals do the work. If you’re scared of needles, there are trained professionals who will help you get through your experience. Afterward, you will be treated to free juice and cookies for donating. You’ll feel great knowing that you saved three lives by simply showing up and sitting down while a little blood was taken.

Host a Drive
If you don’t see a blood drive near your town, you can always sign up to host one. You would need to find a location, recruit donors, schedule appointments and publicize the event. By assembling a group, this would take minimal effort and would help save numerous lives. Talk to a group of friends to see if they’d be willing to help you set up a drive, then start recruiting.

Be a Volunteer
Whether or not you give blood, you can always volunteer to lend a hand at a blood drive. The Red Cross seeks individuals to help with a variety of activities, and you can take part in the action by volunteering as much or as little as you’d like. For more information on how to get involved, visit

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