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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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Spring Cleaning? Think Twice Before Tossing These Items

We’re sure you’ve donated to an organization before. But what about the unique items that organizations need? We’re not talking the usual canned food donations to your local food drive, here—although that’s great. We’re talking about items you may not have ever considered donating because you didn’t know people would use them.

Just remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. So think twice before throwing out these or other household items that might be worth donating.

Special Occasions Mean High Prices
It’s a special occasion that you want to be perfect. And these days the costs pile up. You pay for the dress or tux, shoes, accessories and more. The worst part? After the occasion, the clothes sit in your closet collecting dust.

With such high prices, the reality is that many people can’t afford to buy special occasion clothing. But you can help by donating yours after you’ve worn them. There are tons of organizations that will distribute your dresses or special occasion clothing. So clean out the closet clutter and make somebody else’s special day even more special.

Don’t Forget About Fluffy
Helping people in need is a great gesture. But there are plenty of animals that need help, too. Many animal lovers donate time or money to humane societies. That’s a great way to help, but there are more ways to help out.

There are plenty of nonprofit organizations that need items like leashes, food/water dishes and grooming products. If you upgraded or have old items lying around in your house that remain unused, consider donating them so that pets can have the proper care they need.

Look Good, Feel Good—Interview Help
You may donate all of your everyday clothes that you’ve outgrown, but what about professional clothes? These items could include suits for men and women, and even makeup and jewelry for women. These items aren’t normally considered for donation, but could help land somebody a job.

Organizations like dressforsuccess.org help people in need achieve success. If you’ve recently changed sizes or updated your wardrobe, consider donating your professional clothes to charity. Also, many organizations will accept unopened makeup. If you’ve have unused samples or want to donate new products, many organizations would love to have the donations to makeover somebody who doesn’t currently own makeup.

The Gift of Music
When you think of donations, you think of necessities. But there are other things that people would love to have and can’t afford. Consider giving the gift of music.

There are organizations that loan musical instruments to students that can’t afford them so that they can explore their musical talents. Above all, a musical instrument could provide joy to somebody in need. Before you throw out that old guitar or keyboard collecting dust, consider giving it away.

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