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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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Take a Philanthropic Staycation

Summer is winding down. (We know, it went by way too fast.) If you’re running low on time to plan a vacation, consider setting up shop in town and helping others. Make it a family affair or go it alone, but either way before the summer is up take some time off to give back.

Whether you can donate a week of your time or just one day, hundreds of charities in your town are looking for willing volunteers. And the best part about this vacation? It won’t cost you a dime. And we promise it will be fun and rewarding—you may even get a tan in the process!

Need some locations to check out? Hospitals, schools, soup kitchens, mentorship programs, churches, meal delivery services, animal shelters, and community centers are all places to look. But we can guarantee that you won’t have to look long or hard to find an awesome cause to support.

Not only will you be helping others, you’ll be helping yourself. That’s right, volunteering is proven to lead to self-improvement in more ways than one:

Volunteering helps you make new contacts. Looking for a new friend, job, or just community of really great people? Volunteering can help you acquire all of these things—it can strengthen existing relationships as well as build new ones. It’s also a great experience to put on a resume if you’re on the lookout for a job.

Volunteering develops social skills. Bonding over helping others is a great strategy if you’re looking to brush up on your people skills. Volunteering gives you an awesome opportunity to meet a group of people with a common goal, making it easier to branch out and make new friends. Hello, improved communication skills. (This is great for young, shy teens or kids as well.)

Volunteering boosts self-confidence. This vacation keeps getting better and better. It can boost your confidence, self-esteem and overall life satisfaction. So rather than spending money on something you don’t need, save and boost your health in the process. Your efforts as a volunteer will give you a positive outlook on life and keep you motivated to work hard.

Volunteering combats depression. It’s a powerful feeling, helping others. If you or a loved one is battling depression, consider getting them to volunteer. Being around other people prevents social isolation, a key factor for developing depression. And studies have shown that people who volunteer rank themselves as happier than those who don’t.

So go on, start asking yourselves what type of cause you’re passionate about. What causes are important to you? How much time can you commit? What skills can you bring as a volunteer? What types of people would you like to help?

Good luck, and enjoy your staycation—we’re pretty confident it will be the best one ever.

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