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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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Bloom Where You’re Planted: Inspiration for Growing a Community Garden

A little dirt under your fingernails will do you good. And getting to know your neighbors over a freshly grown dinner salad will do you one better. Community gardens can be a collection of individual garden plots or one shared plot. You can grow flowers or vegetables. Gardens can be planted in an urban setting, or in your neighborhood. However you decide to approach a community garden project, we’re certain it’s worth the work.

Planting a community garden will benefit you and your neighborhood in a number of ways. Keep reading to learn more about starting and maintaining a community garden.

Getting Started
The initial phase of creating a community garden is simpler than it sounds. It won’t take much to get the ball rolling or the dirt tilled. All you need is a group of interested co-gardeners and a plot of land. Some community gardens are tended by a group of interested neighbors, or students learning about good nutrition and plant science. Ask around for interested co-gardeners. Put up a sign in your yard. Post a notice in your neighborhood newspaper if you have one. Ask the local library or parks department to help you spread the word.

As for the plot, your garden can be on school, park or hospital grounds. If you can’t use public land, perhaps another participant is willing to part with a patch of their backyard.

What to Plant
Especially if you choose to make your garden a shared plot, let the plants be chosen collectively. To facilitate the decision-making process, consider the inspiration for your project. Was it to grow more affordable food? Then focus on potatoes, lettuce, peppers and tomatoes. Perhaps the purpose of your garden was to spruce up a concrete-ridden urban area. If so, fill your plot with hardy flowers such as asters, black-eyed susans and blazing stars.

Use garden labels to identify every plant in your group’s plot. Visitors will enjoy your gardening all the more when they know what they’re looking at. And be sure to give your group credit, too. Adding a sign with all of your gardeners’ names is a generous way to recognize and thank fellow planters.

Keeping Up with Upkeep
If you want your bond with fellow gardeners to be as deep as your potatoes are planted, schedule time to tend your garden together. Take turns watering the flowers or veggies on different days of the week, but consider meeting on Saturday mornings to weed and enjoy the fruits (literal or not) of your labor.

Creating a community garden is a fulfilling hobby that can strengthen relationships with neighbors and teach children in your community about healthy eating. You can even donate some of your fresh garden veggies to a local food bank.

The positive effects of starting a community garden make it a worthwhile endeavor that your whole community will benefit from. Ask around for help, grab a shovel and go play in the dirt.

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