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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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Chilly Weather Charity

November seemed to sneak by—right under our chapped, cold-ridden noses. Now that we’re in the first week of December, it’s time to transition from giving thanks for what we have to giving to the less fortunate.

Cold weather and the upcoming holiday season (which is more lonely than exciting for many people) make December the perfect time to increase your focus on philanthropy. So while you enjoy the revelry of holiday parties and anticipation of exchanging gifts, incorporate acts of charity to make this a happier time of year for the poor, the lonely and the sick.

Coat Check
Anytime is the perfect time to clear out your family’s closets to donate rarely worn or outgrown clothing. Clothing donations are one of the simplest ways to make a big difference in someone else’s life—and at no cost to you. And even though we encourage people to donate clothes throughout the year, wintertime contributions are positively crucial.

Right now, the less fortunate sorely need coats and other cold weather accessories. Warm your heart by keeping someone else warm this December.

Babes in Toyland
Just like coats, toy donations are in high demand during December. Most schools and churches host Adopt-a-Child programs during the holiday season. Children in low-income families may request specific toys or necessities like backpacks through the program, and your family can help their holiday wishes come true.

Shopping for children in low-income families—people who may not receive Christmas gifts without Adopt-a-Child programs—is more satisfying and joyful than buying goodies for more fortunate friends and family. Adopt a child for Christmas to make someone else’s Christmas merry and bright.

Home for Christmas
Much suffering comes from homelessness. The frigid temperatures of the winter months are especially difficult. This month, consider how you can alleviate the suffering of homeless people in your community.

In addition to donating coats to clothing donation centers, drop off blankets and food items at your local homeless shelter. Volunteer there, and help feed the homeless by giving canned goods to the food bank or volunteering at the soup kitchen.

The joy referred to in Christmas carols can’t be found at holiday parties, in baked goods or even presents. You’ll find joy by making December a month of charity.

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