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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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Turn March Madness into Giving Madness

He dribbles, he shoots—and somebody else scores! That’s not exactly how you’d like March Madness to go, but this year’s big games can be different. Everybody is glued to the television to see who makes it to that final basketball game. And many people have placed their bets.

But why not turn the tournament into a giving experience? With so much attention on the big game, there’s plenty of opportunity to connect with people you’ve never reached before. Here’s how you can score for other people during March Madness.

Place Your Bet (For Good)
Everybody and their dog made a bracket this year. From President Barack Obama to Kid President, the entire country is watching to see which way the points will fall. And although everybody has filled out a bracket to see who will make it to the big dance, nobody’s dancing yet. That means you’ve got time to turn the tournament into a giving act.

There may not be 64 teams left in the tourney, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start a later bracket. The Sweet 16 starts in a few days, and you’ll have plenty of time to find out who’s in and who was sent packing. Then, round up your friends to make their picks... again. But instead of using a buy-in and giving the winner the cash, give the money to a local charity. Or, have local companies pledge a certain dollar amount to nonprofit organizations for the number of points scored.

Teach a Youth
March is a time when tons of young kids will pick up a basketball because of the atmosphere surrounding the month. It’s all around them, and they notice. That means that March is a great time to be a mentor in a youth’s life.

They don’t care if you were the star of the high school team or the water boy/girl. All that matters to them is that they have somebody to play the sport with and look up to. So lace up the sneakers and grab a ball. As long as you’re spending time with a youth, they won’t notice your amazing (or lack of) basketball skills. Search online for an organization that can match you with the right youth.

Strut Your Stuff
Whether you’re good or not at basketball, you can still put whatever skills you possess to use. If you can’t hit the broadside of a barn, then put your planning skills to work. Organize a fundraising tournament for an organization of your choice.

The fundraising opportunities are endless. From the registration fee to concessions and special partners and sponsorships, there are plenty of ways to get involved. And you don’t have to do it alone. Get together a group of your friends to help you organize, play in the tournament or referee.

No matter how you choose to play, let the March Madness continue—for good.

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