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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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Hit the Open Road on a Mission

Ah, the first signs of spring are emerging. Ok, ok—so it hasn’t quite warmed up enough to shed the jackets. But in no time, the birds will be chirping and the warmer weather will sneak in. And when it does, you’ll want to be out in the great outdoors.

But instead of using the much-needed outdoor time to focus on your tan, you could spend it making a difference for others. You could travel near. You could travel far. But wherever you go, there’s somebody out there who needs some help. Take a mission trip to do good and you’ll feel great about your time spent amidst the great outdoors.

Normally when you think of mission trips you think of a weeklong event to a faraway land with hard, intensive labor. But your mission trip doesn’t have to fit the stereotype. Instead, you could choose a nearby location and a weekend trip. There are people everywhere who need a helping hand.

So, how do you choose?

You’ll feel more in tune with the cause if you feel a connection to the work you’re doing. Think about the different organizations that you’re currently involved with and the ones that you’d like to try your hand at helping in the future. This is the perfect opportunity to get started.

Also, look for a trip where you can utilize special skills that you already possess. If you’re used to construction work, find a trip that would allow you to work with your hands constructing and building. Disaster relief could be a great job for you. If you know how to sew, knit or crochet, look for a mission trip where you’ll need to make clothes or other fabric-related products. Whatever your skill, there’s a mission trip out there for you.

No matter what your niche of helping, once you find it, it’s time to hit the road. Maybe for a week, a month or an extended stay. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel great knowing you had the opportunity to help somebody else achieve a mission.

Remember, you define the mission. You define the trip. Go by your own rules. Gather up a group of friends and hit the road, because there’s help needed out there.

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