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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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Be the Face of Climate Change for Earth Day 2013

All it takes is one person to make a difference in the world, and today is a better day to start than ever. Every year, April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day. More than 1 billion people from around the world will take part in activities to raise awareness and to preserve the environment.

About Earth Day
It started just 43 years ago, but has grown into a massive movement. And in a place where we live and work, the Earth still needs our help today. Each year on April 22, people around the word take part in activities to help raise awareness about environmental issues facing our planet.

One of the main messages of Earth Day is that education and awareness can make the world a better place. Then, more people can act. So whether you tell a friend, neighbor or an entire city, start spreading the word. The more people who know, the more people can help.

Start Locally, Grow Bigger
The Earth we populate is a massive place. Billions of people inhabit every corner, from huge metropolitan cities to tiny remote villages. Trying to keep the entire place beautiful and clean is seemingly a daunting task. That’s why it’s best to start with what you know—your community.

Hold a neighborhood cleanup day to get your neighbors and friends to act on making a difference. Pick up trash, brighten waste areas or canvas a park to make improvements. Or, consider a major initiative for your community. If your community doesn’t have a recycling system in place, be proactive about making one happen.

Be the Face of Climate Change
Climate change affects different regions of the world in many different ways. Consider the ways it has affected you or your community. Maybe an extreme drought caused crops to suffer or sea levels rose to meet your home. Climate change doesn’t only affect the environment, it also affects the people and animals that inhabit the land.

For this year’s Earth Day, join the campaign to be the face of climate change. Submit a photo showing how you or your community has been affected by climate change. Then, submit a photo showing how you’re going to do something about it. Visit www.EarthDay.org to submit your photos and also to get ideas to help you put a plan into action for your community.

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