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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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Donate Your Birthday to Charity

Giving is a wonderful thing–and when you’re really committed to a cause or idea, you usually want to spread your passion to those around you.

But it’s not always easy to communicate why the philanthropies you love are worth supporting. Understandably, it’s even more difficult to persuade a friend or family member to commit to something like making a donation, even if they are interested in your favorite organization.

Charity is such an intensely personal thing–and while you care about your charity, you probably don’t want to be that pushy friend who won’t stop talking about their token cause, or come off as a zealot. So instead, why not consider donating your birthday to charity?

Support Your Charity–Without Being Pushy
Donating your birthday or another special day can be such a powerful way to rally your network around a cause. Donating your birthday means that instead of asking your friends for gifts for yourself, you ask them if they’d be interested in donating whatever amount your gift would have cost to a charity of your choice.

At the very least, donating your birthday means you’ve spread the word for an idea or cause you believe in without pushing your beliefs onto your friends and family. In the best-case scenario, you will have raised hundreds of dollars for your charity that they would never have seen otherwise, and created the potential for new, long-term supporters.

Start a Conversation & Strengthen Relationships
Donate your birthday to a charity and you’ll probably get donation gifts from relatives and friends whom you’d never normally get a gift from. Philanthropy inspires those around you to do things you wouldn’t expect–and can draw you closer to them, too. Embrace the opportunity to spark conversations about the cause you’re passionate about, and get to know what inspires those around you to altruism, even if their cause doesn’t happen to be your favorite.

Share Your Blessings With Others
While it’s not a terrible thing, let’s face it: birthdays are basically self-focused. Your birthday can be a great excuse to gather with the people you love and have a wonderful time, but it can be much more than that. Share the great material blessings you have with those who lack some of the basic needs of life–like clean drinking water or having a safe place to live. The small amount of money you could spend on yourself might make a huge difference in another person’s life.

This year, consider donating your birthday. It might mean giving up your gifts, but you’ll be giving a profound gift to someone less fortunate.

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