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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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Using the Winter Season to Give Back to Your Community

While spring is around the corner, winter’s cold head hasn’t said its goodbyes quite yet. These are the kind of days that make it easy to stay inside and not leave your home for days on end.

But when cabin fever rolls around, why not use the winter season to give back to the less fortunate around you? Here’s how you can.

Turn One Scoop into Two
Depending on where you live, winter has been known to ruin lower backs by filling our driveways with snow. Sure, this may not be your favorite activity, but think how worse it is for some in your community. Maybe you have an elderly or disabled neighbor. Take the extra time to head to their driveway and lend a hand. You never know what kind of new friends you’ll make that sparked from your generosity.

Take Shelter
The onset of cold temperatures is bound to bring an influx of residents at homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Take this opportunity to donate your time where it’s most needed. Not sure where the nearest homeless shelter or soup kitchen is in your community? Do a quick online search to find a convenient location for you.

Lend a Hand, or a Jacket
It’s not winter without a local clothing drive to donate new or gently used clothes to the less fortunate. With the cold season, there may not be a better time to.

Don’t bust out your credit card quite yet. Since we tend to buy things we never use, or wear, go through the closets in your home to see what you don’t mind parting with. Donating to a good cause while cleaning and making room in your home? Sounds like a win-win.

While the fire may be so delightful in your home, try not to forget about those who don’t have the same luxuries as you this winter season. You may not be at home where it’s warm, but you’ll start feeling warm for other reasons.

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