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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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You Can Alleviate the World’s Greatest Health Risk

The daunting and sometimes demoralizing statistics about world hunger communicate a pressing message. Last week’s World Hunger Day (October 16) reminded people that the world is in desperate need of food redistribution. On World Hunger Day news outlets and political figures shared the troubling facts most of us knew but often forget; that hunger is the world’s greatest health risk, that more women are hungry than men, and that almost 900 million people are malnourished.

It’s a scary reality to which we’ve somehow grown accustomed. But the recent observance of World Hunger Day can shake us awake.

Some people point to the population as a reason for the world’s hunger. But that’s more excuse than explanation. In truth, there is enough—more than enough. In fact, the earth can accommodate more than its current population. So what’s the issue? Our food resources are not evenly distributed. But that’s a solvable problem you can address immediately, in your own community.

Food Foragers
Carefully consider your immediate surroundings. Look more closely at the people around you. You may be surprised to discover the hungry people in your environment. For example, hungry people live in your neighborhood. Your children’s classmates often go home to empty cupboards and sleep with a growl in their tummies. What opportunities are there to help these people? Rest assured, there are many.

Please Pass the Food
To begin with, volunteer at a soup kitchen. Working at a soup kitchen or even a homeless shelter is one of the most direct and practical ways to feed the hungry. Especially with cold weather and the holidays looming, your local chapter definitely needs your help. And a Thanksgiving spent volunteering at a soup kitchen may be the most gracious holiday celebration ever.

Food Staple Santa
Continue your generous Thanksgiving at the soup kitchen with holiday gift-giving. Instead of giving more fortunate family and friends presents this holiday season, donate to a charity that feeds the hungry. Tell loved ones you donated in their honor. You can also donate foodstuffs to the local food pantry.

On Food and Gender
Since there are more hungry women than there are men it makes sense to focus on helping the women and mothers in your community. Donate non-perishable food items to a women’s shelter, or children’s clothing and baby items to a social services agency. Volunteering for a nonprofit that supports single-parent families could help cash-strapped mothers too.

World Hunger Day was an important reminder of the people whom we may not have forgotten, but tend to ignore. We just need to take better care of each other. Make a goal to do something today—in your immediate surroundings—to feed a hungry person.

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