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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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In Favor of Philanthropy

Did you hear? National Philanthropy Day is coming up—November 15, in fact. National Philanthropy Day is a time for us to stop and reflect on the way charitable organizations, foundations, and individuals have worked to provide for those around them. Philanthropy touches our communities, our governments, and the world at large.

Philanthropy is a pretty great thing. At least, we think so. But we’d love to convince you to think the same. Here are our top three reasons to celebrate National Philanthropy Day.

Philanthropy is Good for You
One of the little considered benefits of being involved in philanthropy is that it actually benefits you, as a donor to a cause. And we aren’t just talking about charitable giving tax deductions here. Giving things away—your time, your money—can actually be good for your physical and mental health.

Michael Norton gave a well-received Ted talk (one million online views and counting) on how to buy happiness. His method? Spending money on others. Studies show that people who are given money to spend on themselves rate their satisfaction consistently lower than those who are directed to spend that money on someone else. Helping others actually helps you.

Philanthropy is Good for Businesses
More and more businesses these days embrace philanthropic efforts through cause marketing, which involves coupling their business efforts with a nonprofit entity’s. This is good for nonprofits, but it’s also good for the businesses they’re working with. reports that a whole “79% of Americans say they would be likely to switch from one brand to another, when price and quality are about equal and if the other brand is associated with a good cause.”

That means that businesses benefit directly from philanthropy by attracting more philanthropically-minded customers. Everyone wins. Furthermore, many businesses also promote giving their employees one day monthly to volunteer. Satisfied employees mean better business, and considering the benefits of personal philanthropy outlined above, those individuals will be happy for the opportunity to give back.

Philanthropy is Good for the World
Finally, and most obviously, philanthropy is good for the world. Let’s face it: not everyone’s dealt a great hand. The world’s resources are not distributed evenly, leaving many with more than they need, while others hurt.

Philanthropy is a way for individuals and groups of people to do just a little bit to correct the world’s problems. And National Philanthropy Day means we can stop and think about just how special a gift that is. With that extra bit of time or money we have available, we can literally change lives.

And not just the lives of others, but our own lives. Those who give can’t help but be changed by it—for the better.

Thanks to those who give: today is about you.

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