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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 


    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.  


  • 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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National Volunteer Week—Celebrate People in Action

We don’t need a reason to volunteer, other than the fact that it makes us feel great. It’s a chance to help our community or a cause we truly care about. But President Nixon gave us a reason to volunteer, anyway.

In 1974, he established National Volunteer Week to put a greater emphasis on volunteering. This year the week is April 21-27.

It’s time to give a huge shout out of thanks to all of the people who volunteer to make our world a better place. Our success and the success of all nonprofit organizations depend on your contributions to our causes. Here are just a few ways to celebrate National Volunteer Week this year.

Celebrating People in Action
Not only is volunteer week a great time to raise awareness about volunteering, but it is also a great time to make a self-assessment. The theme of National Volunteer Week is to “celebrate people in action.” Are you a person of action?

Nobody’s perfect, and there’s always room for improvement. Use this formula to figure out a volunteer plan for the coming year.

Step 1: Find Your Passion
What motivates you to volunteer? Or, if you’re a volunteer newbie, what makes you want to volunteer? There’s bound to be an organization out there with the same values or passions that you have. You just have to find it.

Step 2: Evaluate Contributions
What have you done leading up until this point to help volunteer? Make a list to really understand the extent of what you’ve contributed in the last year. Write down all of the organizations you’ve helped, the frequency you contributed your time and what you accomplished. Then determine if you’re satisfied, or if you feel that you could do more.

Step 3: Identify Possible Improvements
What are you going to do to be a better volunteer? It could involve more hours spent volunteering, being more attentive during volunteer hours or simply finding a new passion where you devote your time. Then next year during National Volunteer Week you can see if you’ve accomplished those goals. Write them down and hold yourself accountable.

You Can Be a Star (Yes, You!)
You’re just one person. So it’s not like you could make a huge difference, right? Imagine if everybody had that same way of thinking. But if people banded together to offer whatever services they could, a huge change could ignite.

“Our nation has been profoundly shaped by ordinary Americans who have volunteered their time and energy to overcome extraordinary challenges,” President Barack Obama said.

All it takes is that one little spark to start a fire of change. So, get out in the community and help spread the word about your volunteer passions so people want to help you give back.

To This Week, And Beyond
While the week is a great reminder to volunteer, it doesn’t have to be the end. Take your volunteering beyond the week of April 21-27. Use this week as a starting point for your future endeavors.

We can also come together in the future to volunteer and to better the world around us. Nothing beats the feeling you get when you know that you’ve helped make a difference in someone’s life. And volunteering has a chain reaction. You might also end up changing your own.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way