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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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Taking Time Out to Help Out—Thoughts on Volunteer Vacations

Summer vacation rejuvenates us because it’s a break from the troubles and stressors in our daily lives. But taking a vacation from your own troubles doesn’t mean you have to take a break from others. Many philanthropic summer-breakers are foregoing beaches and European tours to help others this year.

Altruistic travelers are not just taking a vacation. They’re taking a volunteer vacation.

Volunteer vacations combine our need to get away with the more pressing needs of others, whether in our local communities or in different countries. Choosing to spend your vacation time—and, sometimes, your vacation budget—is a tremendous act of charity. Learn more about sacrificing your vacation time for the greater good below.

Pick and Choose
The adventure of selecting a cause and a destination begins after deciding to spend your vacation time volunteering. You can use your days off work to serve people near your home. Select a charity or nonprofit whose mission resonates with you, then contact them about spending a few days in their service. They’ll be happy to have a weeks’ worth of your help, and it may even be the start of a longtime volunteering relationship—all the better.

If you’ve got more time and money to spare, look beyond your home town for people who need you. You can spend your time teaching, rebuilding homes destroyed by natural disasters or serving the sick in hospitals. Highly specialized professionals like doctors, dentists and nurses are always in demand. Plus, volunteering in a foreign country offers the added benefit of cultural immersion.

Note that going abroad for a volunteering vacation can be costly. But here’s some good news: depending on the organization you serve, your expenses could be tax-deductible.

Bring ‘em Along
Take someone with you on your volunteer vacation so that together you two can make even more of an impact. Though volunteer trips are not the stuff of romantic getaways, couples that help out abroad report greater marital satisfaction afterward. The positive effect of volunteering on your relationships relates to developing a greater appreciation for your love’s talents, goodwill and generosity.

But single people need not feel left out of the relationship benefits of volunteer vacations. Invite a parent, sibling or friend to bond with while volunteering. No romantic attachment necessary.

Gratitude
Going back to work after a vacation full of volunteering won’t be so difficult because you’ll return to your normal life more grateful for it. Consider making your trip especially meaningful by dedicating your vacation time to someone you love.

Although your first volunteer vacation experience may be unnerving in its unfamiliarity, be assured that wherever you end up and whomever you serve, you’re going to have a great vacation.

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