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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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The Art of Being Socially Responsible on Social Media

You use it to check in with friends, find the latest news and even just be in the loop. That high school friend just had her baby, Jane finally broke it off with John and that acquaintance you met that one time is finally getting a new car.

But are you being socially responsible on social media? It’s more than sharing an update of your cute new puppy or your adorable niece. Although social media was created to socialize, it also has the power to do social good. Next time you log onto social media, consider changing the tune of your update.

Use Your Social Media Voice
By simply having a social media site, you have the power to make a difference. You never know who could see an update that you post. With sharing capabilities, a friend of a friend of a friend could catch wind of your post and contribute to the organization that you’re advocating for.

Although you can post for your choice organization regularly, tragedies and unexpected occurrences are bound to pop up. That’s the best time to be socially responsible. Don’t go quiet. You can raise your voice to help provide aid, help spread the word or get people to see a donation site. You have the power with a click of your mouse.

Ignite an Idea, Spark Social Change
You feel a strong connection for the organizations where you volunteer time and monetary contributions. And if you love an organization so much, your friends might feel the same way. That’s why you should use social media to advocate for the organizations that are near and dear to your heart.

First, locate an organization’s Facebook or Twitter page, and any other social media outlets they may be a part of. Then don’t be afraid to be actively involved in the conversation that they put out to the social media world. Share posts, leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments or offer up any ways to help on the sites. The organization will be thrilled to have your interaction, and your friends will see your posts pop up that are associated with the organization. In turn, they may follow your lead.

Be the Change You Want to See
Besides helping other organizations or friends in your socially responsible role on social media, you can even be a change for something that isn’t already happening online. Create a Facebook page, develop a Twitter hashtag and get the word out.

You have the perfect outlets right at your fingertips. If there’s a cause you’re passionate for but there’s no help currently in your community, be that voice. Social media has the power to get you there.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way