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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 


    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.  


  • 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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November: Month of Turkey, Football and a Really Generous Scotsman

Economists and business leaders often speak of the entrepreneurial spirit that immigrants lend to American culture. It’s true. Hard-working people who moved to the U.S. in search of a richer (in more ways than one) life founded many of our country’s most successful businesses. But we’re more inspired by the philanthropic spirit that immigrants bring to American culture. Our country is vibrant and generous and full of promise because people from all over the world make it so.

At the end of this month we’ll all be beside ourselves over Thanksgiving traditions. So we thought it fitting to preemptively honor the birthday of a particularly generous immigrant.

Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835, in Dunfermline, Scotland. The son of a poor weaver with limited formal education, Carnegie grew up to be one of America’s wealthiest—and most generous—businessmen.

At 13 Carnegie immigrated with his family to Pennsylvania, where he worked in a factory and earned $1.20 a week. After a series of jobs and lucrative investments (in oil particularly), Carnegie amassed a fortune. By 1889, his Carnegie Steel Corporation was the largest of its kind in the world. Carnegie Steel is considered a foundational business that helped form today’s economy.

Carnegie’s generosity nurtured American development on an individual level too. Carnegie passed on the high value his family placed on learning and education to the rest of the country through his financial support of learning institutions.

When Carnegie switched gears from business to philanthropy in 1901, he set his sights on enriching the American education experience by making it more accessible. Carnegie’s first of many major donations was a $5 million gift to the New York Public Library. He went on to establish the Carnegie Institute of Technology—later Carnegie-Mellon University. Altogether, almost 3,000 American libraries exist thanks to Carnegie’s financial support.

Carnegie’s philanthropy is as impressive as his business acumen. Honor him this month by visiting your local library. Support literacy as he did by volunteering at an after-school reading program. No one expects million dollar donations from the average person, but even a small gift in support of education will impact some student.

In this month of blessings and gratitude, we’re reminded of the tremendous gift of education. While Carnegie’s staggering financial contributions to American libraries can never by replicated by most people, the time you spend helping a student’s literacy development can be invaluable.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way