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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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Eating Environmentally

According to the Tufts University Food Awareness Project, the average bite of food travels 1,300 miles before it gets eaten. These vehicles pollute the air and contribute to global warming. The best solution? Eat locally and seasonally.

Check labels at grocery stores (opting for locally grown produce) or choose to shop at farmers’ markets whenever seasonally possible.

Need some good options for eating seasonally this summer? Check out this list of produce available mid to late summer (as well as some ideas on how to prepare each):

Watermelon
Arugula salad with watermelon and feta
Frozen watermelon margarita
Vodka infused watermelon
Watermelon lemonade

Strawberries
Strawberry shortcake (ah, the classics)
Balsamic spiked strawberries
Strawberry fruit leathers
Strawberry lemonade muffins
Strawberries with Greek yogurt

Raspberries
Raspberry truffle cake (recipe available at SouthernLiving.com)
Raspberry-chocolate chip frozen yogurt
Raspberry jam (nothing says breakfast like some homemade jam on a biscuit)
Raspberry limeade
Raspberry-Almond Crumb Tart

Blackberries
Triple berry crisp (use blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries!)
Blackberry smoothie
Blackberry and goat cheese salad
Whole-wheat blackberry bread with dark chocolate chips

Blueberries
Blueberry pies
Blueberry flax pancakes
Blueberry zucchini bread
Blueberry sour cream coffee cake

Basil
Basil pesto
Caprese Salad
Green risotto
Stuffed chicken thighs (stuff them with spinach, parmesan and basil and toss on the grill)

Cantaloupes
Cantaloupe salad with mint vinaigrette
Fresh fruit salad (oldie but a goodie)
Grilled fruit kebabs
Cantaloupe Italian ice

Corn
Mexican roasted corn salad with buttermilk dressing
Roasted fresh corn, poblano and cheddar pizza
Grilled corn with chipotle butter
Sweet corn ice cream (Odd? Yes. Delicious? Possibly—give it a try and let us know.)

Cucumbers
Cucumber salad
Quick pickle recipe
California roll
Cucumber water (oh so refreshing)

Let this list serve as a jumping off point for your summer cooking. Grab a group of friends or check out restaurants that serve fresh and local produce. Either way now is a great time to enjoy some tasty summer dishes while eating environmentally.

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