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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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Give the Gift of an Altruistic Wedding

Thanks to Pinterest, women all over fantasize about their unique dream weddings while posting pictures of creative reception ideas, photography plans, favorite gowns and fancy invite ideas.

Is your big day coming up? Why not throw some altruistic pins onto your wedding board. Having an altruistic wedding is more prevalent as the popularity of having a unique and personalized wedding becomes admired.

Resist the Scan Gun
Rather than heading to your local Target to register for that toaster, encourage guests to give to your favorite charity in your name. Or if you do need some small appliances, consider only department stores that give back to charities. As for wedding party gifts, allow your attendants to give back to their community with donation opportunities like a JustGive card where they can go online and give to the charity of choice.

Recycle and Reuse
After your special day, consider donating items that could be enjoyed by others. Send your flowers to a retirement home or hospital. Give your dress to an organization like Brides Against Breast Cancer. Take leftover food to a soup kitchen instead of throwing it away. And if you want to give to Mother Earth, consider an eco-friendly wedding. Serve organic food, do invites electronically and share family rings rather than buying new ones.

Give Away Your Honeymoon
Now that you’re hitched you want to spend some time with that new spouse of yours. Skip the traditional wedding and add altruistic endeavors to your time away. Visit a country where you can volunteer during the day and sneak away for some romantic evenings. Working side-by-side is a great way to really connect with your new honey.

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