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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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Give Altruistic Gifts This Winter

The holiday season is nigh upon us. Very soon, we’ll be inundated with snow, gifts and above all, companies’ messages about what we need to purchase. The tricky thing is that most companies have gotten incredibly good at persuading us if we purchase this pair of slippers for dad, or that blender for our spouse, then they’ll be truly happy and shower us in reciprocal love.

Gifts are great, but they don’t have to be expensive or purchased at a retail store. There are bigger ways to give gifts; ways that can both show your giftees they are loved and change the world for the better. The holiday season can be an opportunity for consumption or for world-brightening, altruistic gift giving.

Here are some opportunities to be better, more responsible gifters.

Donate a Gift
The first option’s very straightforward: trade one gift for another. Instead of Santa leaving iPads in the kiddos’ stockings, he might consider leaving a note about the gift your children have given to a favorite charity. The dollars that would have gone to those iPads can make many people happy, with cash left over to stuff the stockings.

Be warned: this option can be risky. Kids might get over their gift count being downsized, but it’s important to be tactful with your relatives, friends and spouses. Countless bridges have been burned by violating sacrosanct gift-giving etiquette, so if you have hopes of donating gifts instead of giving them, make sure to communicate those hopes early on, as to not make enemies.

The easy solution that avoids hurt feelings: encourage your relatives to donate your gift. Not only might they be more willing to have their gifts donated in the future, you create the goodwill to start a significant conversation about the cause to which you’re donating your gift.

Save On Gifts, Then Spend Those Savings Charitably
You don’t have to completely forgo giving people gifts to be able to contribute to a charitable cause. An alternative is saving money on the gifts you do purchase, so that you can spend the remainder elsewhere.

One easy way to do this is indulge your crafty side and create your gifts. While you might still need to sink some money into buying supplies, homemade gifts are usually less expensive, and can be full of personality and affection. Compare the homemade coffee mug with the inside joke on it to the alternative, a $10 gift card to Starbucks. Now tell us which one is more meaningful.

Just make sure the gift you make is something the person you’re giving it to will appreciate. Being an altruistic gift giver means giving more meaningful gifts this season. If you don’t take the time to think about what your recipient would be delighted by, you risk being the opposite of altruistic by inflicting a gift upon them.

Purchase Gifts that Support Causes
If all else fails or you simply can’t create a homemade gift that’s relevant to your giftee, you still have options for charitable giving. Big corporations are doing more these days to collaborate with nonprofit organizations to make your purchases philanthropically meaningful.

For example, TOMS will donate a pair of their shoes to those in need around the world for every pair that you purchase. Many companies, such as Gap and Apple, have supported Project (Red) if you purchase certain products. Search online or ask store representatives while shopping if there are any opportunities for your holiday purchases to contribute to a cause.

No matter how you choose to do it, being generous this holiday season is a choice you won’t regret. It isn’t easy to be different—to take the time to change your attitude and go the extra mile for people you don’t even know. But knowing you’re changing the lives of those less fortunate than yourself makes it worth it.

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