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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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Celebrating the Coaches in Our Lives

It’s about more than just endless hours of kicking goals, repeated pitches or running for miles. Coaches help us get better—and provide life lessons along the way.

This week is the time to show our appreciation for the dedication they show day in and day out. Dedication to helping us be better athletes, and even better people. Today marks the beginning of International Coaching Week, and there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate the past, present and future coaches in your life.

Coaches of Practices Past
At the time, it seemed like they were out to get you. But looking back, past coaches were just pushing us to be better. Now that we’re older (and maybe a little wiser) we understand all of those early morning practices, added sprints and extra hours at the gym. So let your past coaches know you get it.

Call up a coach from your past that had a particular impact. Share a lesson you learned, reminisce about a funny moment during practice or just call to check in. Just a few minutes of your day will leave a huge impression on a past coach.

Don’t have a coach from the past? No problem. Use the same tactic on anybody who has had a big impact on your life.

The Coaches of Today
Let’s face it—sports aren’t for everyone. We’d rather some people warm the bench instead of potentially hurting themselves on the field. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in giving back. Host an event for a community coach or even your child’s coach.

Parents can spend more time getting to know the person or people who are impacting their children’s lives. Plus, they can come together to simply say thanks. Throwing an event in his or her honor will be a win-win for everybody.

Be a Coach of the Future
It’s never too late to embark on the coaching career that could have a huge impact on your life and the lives of others.

You don’t have to be good. You don’t even have to know much about the sport. Coaches are constantly needed. What you don’t know you can pick up from outside sources. Lace up your shoes, hit the field and get ready to help out. It takes time and effort, but the reward involved will far surpass any downside to coaching.

How will you honor a coach or help make a difference this week?

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