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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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Would You Save 3 Lives Today? The Importance of Giving Blood

Let’s say you have the option to save three lives. Would you do it? “Yes!” comes the resounding response. Any able human would want to save three lives, given the option. But the reality is that many people don’t, even though they are able.

By donating blood just one pint of blood, you could save up to three lives. Blood is the pulse that keeps us going, and not everybody has enough. But that’s where you can step in. Here are some ways that you can get involved. Don’t let fear hold you back. Instead, visit your local blood bank today.

Give
Sixteen-year-old Kyle from North Carolina donated for the first time at his high school. “I felt so good after I did that. I know I did something that can save a life,” he said. “I will continue to do this. I cannot wait to do another donation.”

Along with the sense of pride for giving, Paul from Missouri said he helped because he knew how valuable blood could be. “I give blood to help save others lives like mine was saved when I was born. I was born with Rh negative blood and needed a transfusion immediately at birth,” he said. “My mom said I almost did not make it, but I did. So I have been giving blood for many years to return the favor that someone did for me.”

No matter what your reason is for giving, there’s a constant need. Visit your local blood bank and give. You’ll soon discover how simple it is. And probably get a cookie for your efforts.

Volunteer
Not everybody qualifies to give blood. People can be turned away because of their weight, a recent trip out of the country or low iron levels, among other reasons. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get involved. Simply visit your local blood bank for volunteer opportunities. Not only will you hear touching stories and see countless lives saved, but you’ll also enjoy the convenience of flexible hours and making a difference.

Host
Being a host normally involves loads of work. But when hosting a blood drive you don’t have to cater to everyone. All you need to provide is a suitable location, help recruit donors and publicize the event and then schedule donors. Other than those aspects, your local blood bank takes care of the rest.

They’ll work with you to plan and organize the drive, along with helping you figure out how many donors you can expect and how to recruit. On the day of the drive, the blood bank will bring equipment and supplies and set everything up and take it down. Also, they’ll confidentially screen donors and collect donations.

Stories shared from www.redcross.org.

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