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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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Eating Green on World Vegetarian Day

Today marks the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Lovers of veggies & animals (but in different ways) are beginning their special month with a bang. Since 1977 vegetarians have celebrated World Vegetarian Day on October 1st.

Whether or not you permanently adopt the vegetarian lifestyle, you can participate in today’s bacon-shunning festivities.

Double Whammy
It’s fitting that World Vegetarian Day falls on a Monday this year since it coincides with the ongoing Meat Free Monday. Paul McCartney created Meat Free Monday to help people save money, reduce their environmental impact and enjoy better health. He credits a 2006 United Nations report called “Livestock’s Long Shadow” for inspiring the idea. The UN’s research suggests that the livestock industry is responsible for a significant percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions.

So adopting vegetarianism, even if only once a week, is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Protein Play
Make sure that your stint as a vegetarian is as good for your body as it is for the environment. Don’t fill up on refined carbs or salty, fatty foods as your meat replacement. Aim instead for healthy proteins. If typical meat substitutes like tofu don’t appeal to you, amp up your intake of protein sources you already enjoy—like hummus, peanut butter and lentils.

Try a beans and rice burrito, an apple with peanut butter or red peppers dipped in hummus.

Tofurkey Discovery
It’s natural to scrunch up your nose at unfamiliar or unusual foods, like tofurkey or faux bacon. But joining the fun on World Vegetarian Day does not mean you have to eat what you don’t enjoy.

Trying out a vegetarian diet may inspire you to explore new recipes. Sample veggies you’ve never had before, such as okra or kale. You may discover a new favorite dish, like eggplant parmigiana.

Vegetarianism can be a hot-button issue. Some vegetarians—Paul McCartney included—consider meat-free diets compassionate. On the other hand many meat lovers are more concerned with human rights than animal welfare. They assert that reasonable portions of meat are part of a balanced and healthy diet. Whatever side of the emotional debate that you fall on, participating in today’s World Vegetarian Day certainly wouldn’t hurt. Eat leafy greens today for your health, for the earth or even for animals.

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