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Our organization is dedicated to helping people in our community break through the cycle of poverty and mental illness. This includes raising awareness about the experience of living with mental illness, to end the cycle of poverty for those that seek our services, and build bridges in our community for those who are lost. Discover how your help makes an impact.


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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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Volunteering Enriches Your Professional Life

Upon graduating from college or applying for internships young people often worry about “filling their resume.” Later in their careers professionals struggle to fit the wealth of their experience on a single page. But budding careerists need to stretch their education and experience so they look their best on paper. Trust us: students and graduates with relevant volunteer experience will enjoy a better chance at their job of choice than those without.

Ask any human resources and professional development expert—volunteering is good for your career. More importantly, volunteering is good for your neighbors and community. Consider the following if you’re interested in how philanthropy and your career aspirations intersect.

Work Personality
When hiring authorities examine resumes they look for experiences that speak to your personality and especially your work style. Volunteering will give human resources specialists a glimpse at how you view and interact with the world. For example, a candidate who speaks at events for young people probably enjoys public speaking and teaching others. Consider volunteering opportunities that will develop skills you’ll need to achieve your career goals.

Friends at Work
Great friendships are nurtured by common interests. As C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” Volunteering is a wonderful networking opportunity. Help organizations whose volunteers and benefactors include people you admire. The people you meet while volunteering could help you land your dream job.

Working Knowledge
Many nonprofits are picky about their volunteers—but only out of necessity. For example, organizations that provide medical care need doctors and nurses to carry out their mission. Perhaps your professional skills would be put to good use by a similar organization. Others who take skills-based volunteering opportunities include teachers, lawyers, engineers and business professionals.

Back to Work
If you’re currently employed you can attest to the value most businesses place on philanthropic employees. Employees who volunteer represent their respective companies—it reflects well on your employer when you help others. And if you’re ready to go back to work after a long absence, consider volunteering to help you gain (or relearn) common workplace skills like typing.

We don’t mean to suggest that you or any other skilled volunteer shares their time and talents for selfish reasons. Rather, we offer this information to guide you as you select volunteering opportunities that will benefit you as well as the cause you support.

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