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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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Get Your Kids to Give Back This Summer

Leading by example for our kids can be a challenging feat. That means you too have to eat your vegetables, turn off the T.V. and go outside, keep your room picked up, and get plenty of sleep. Easier said than done.

If your kids are less than enthused to give up their cartoon-watching time to give back, it’s time to lead by example. You should never expect your kids to do something that you yourself don’t do. So, scoot scoot. Go out there and help the world.

If you’re stumped as to what volunteer opportunities are available for the kiddos this summer, we’ve got a few suggestions. Give them a few options and see which one piques their interest the most.

For Young Kids:
Keep it simple. They’re attention span is about 15 minutes on the generous end of the spectrum. Do one of the small, kind gestures below to show them how good it feels to help others.

  • Bake cookies and take them to a homeless shelter
  • Draw a picture or make a few cards and take them to a retirement home
  • Go play with some puppies or cute critters at an animal shelter
  • Have a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to a charity of their choice

For Middle School Tweens:
Despite what they may tell you, they can handle one-two hours of volunteer work, no sweat. But find an opportunity that gives them instant gratification—seeing their results or being thanked is a tangible reward for them giving up their time.

  • Have them serve food at local homeless shelter
  • Volunteer them as entertainment for a retirement home (Put those guitar or clarinet lessons to good use!)
  • Go visit a children’s refuge center and bring board games to play with the kids staying there
  • Have a charity car wash or bake sale with a few other friends

For High Schoolers:
While you shouldn’t have to initiate them giving back to their community, sometimes they could use a little encouragement (if appeal on college applications isn’t wooing them). Offer up a few ideas and suggest that they go with friends to make it a fun social activity.

  • Coach a little league sports team
  • Volunteer at a camp for the summer
  • Tutor younger kids at their old middle school or elementary school
  • Clean up a park, beach, highway, school, or other area of town

Use these ideas to get the ball rolling and if your kids come up with a better idea, go for it. Just be prepared to give up some of your own time to get them started and make them feel comfortable. The reward in showing your kids the value of giving back is immeasurable, trust us. And there’s no better time to start than this week.

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