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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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Mumbling With Bubbly—The Special Message of a New Year’s Song

Oh, it’s inevitable. On New Year’s Eve the countdown and smack of lips give way to a quiet, uncertain mumble. Your friends trail off. At the stroke of midnight your party hesitantly (if you’re like most) sings Auld Lang Syne. Neither the champagne nor the late hour is to blame.

Precious few know the words to this rarely heard song. And they certainly don’t know what it means. But Auld Lang Syne has a special altruistic message that informs our approach to philanthropy. Perhaps it will inspire your charitable endeavors in 2013 as well.

Burn(s) Notice
In 1788 Robert Burns wrote the Scotts poem Auld Lang Syne to the tune of a Scottish folk song. In English the first line means, loosely, “for the sake of old times.” Burns’ poem is an important reminder not to forsake old friendships. Beginning the New Year singing of our old friends would be a grand start to a year dedicated to outreach and personal connection.

Reach Out
Consider how much better you feel after a long talk with an old friend. You can offload your worries to one another, encourage each other and reminisce about past years you both miss.

Some people are more isolated than others—whether language barriers complicate meeting new people or because they are new in town. Open yourself up to them. You could be an important personal connection your new friend desperately needs. Just think—down the road you may sing Auld Lang Syne in honor of the friends you made in 2013.

Old New Friends
Language and relocation aren’t the only things that make people in your community feel lost or disconnected. The sick and the elderly are especially at risk for loneliness. Especially during the holidays, the quiet of the nursing home or hospital bed can be unbearable. So visit a nursing home regularly. Write a letter to your out-of-state grandparents. Visit family members who are sick, or become a hospital volunteer.

In Auld Lang Syne Burns writes, “Since thoughts of thee doth banish grief, when from thee I am gone; will not thy presence yield relief, to this sad Heart of mine.” We hope Burns’ lyrics inspire your New Year.

Resolve to take care of the people around you, so that you can banish grief and cheer sad hearts.

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