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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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Help Make Strides Toward Achieving a Mission—Literally

The Olympic games are truly inspiring, but how far would you take it? You may not be able to run as fast as an Olympian but that doesn’t mean your run counts for any less. In fact, with the proper motivation even a couch potato can end up running down big goals that they never thought possible. And what better source of motivation than to know that you’re making a difference? So lace up the sneakers and get off the couch, because it’s time to help your community and the world by raising funds through your run.

Beating the Initial Excuses
You’ve heard the phrase, “no pain, no gain.” Nobody said running would be easy, and it’s not. But with the knowledge that your run can help others, it lightens the load. Initial excuses tend to get in the way of achieving success. Don’t think you can do it? Use that to your advantage. And if somebody else is skeptical of your running abilities, use it as fuel and a fundraising opportunity. Raise money by having people pledge to give a certain amount of money for each minute of the race you complete. By letting the donor pick the amount, they’re more likely to go above and beyond any amount that you set. Plus, if you set an amount that’s too high people could turn down the offer. Every little bit helps, so let the donors make the decision.

Choose Something Near to Your Heart
With so many reasons to run, it’s easy to find one that you can relate with. And by picking a cause that you can associate with, you’re more likely to stick with the program since the cause strikes a chord with you. From fundraising topics like cancer, obesity, abuse and education, there are plenty of ideas to help you get motivated to run.

If you’re not sure which organization to pick, search online for potential topics. Go to Fitnessmagazine.com and search “Run, Walk, Get Fit for a Cause.” You’ll find a compiled listing of possible causes to run for, the distance and a short description about each race. With easy access to so many great causes, it makes it hard to pick. But why stop at one? Choose as many as you like and set your goals high.

Teamwork Doesn’t Seem Work
Nobody likes to go through a difficult task alone. And if you aren’t used to running it can be especially difficult to keep up with training. That’s why it’s a great idea to enlist a group of friends who support you and the cause you’re running for. Many races allow teams to enter, which gives you moral support and a better opportunity to do more fundraising. There is strength in numbers, and your group won’t let you fail. You’ll be going for your own fundraising gold in no time.

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