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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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Voluntourism: Vacation While Giving Back

Hard work usually isn’t in the description of your ideal vacation. But what if we told you it should be?

Voluntourism, travel that includes a volunteer aspect, is becoming more and more popular since it combines the wonderful relaxation of a vacation with the undeniable satisfaction with supporting a worthy cause. In other words, it’s the ultimate combination for a truly unforgettable vacation.

Check out these opportunities to get you started—whether you want a beach getaway or a mountainous adventure, voluntourism can accommodate.

Animal Experience International
Started in 2012, AEI pairs trip goers with various animal institutions around the world. Participants get to experience volunteering in animal sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation centers, research projects and more. All levels of experience are welcome—whether you’re a skilled animal caretaker or someone who’s never managed to keep a goldfish alive. Past destinations have included Canada, Guatemala, Australia, Cuba, India, Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Nepal.

i-to-i
For the past 18 years i-to-i has been sending volunteers all over the globe (to 24 different destinations ranging from Africa to Asia) to teach others English. Do your research and know your qualifications when planning trips through i-to-i—on certain trips you don’t have to know the local language (however on many it is helpful).

i-to-i allows travelers to plan trips ranging in 1 week to 12 weeks to a full gap year if you’re a student. Check it out if you’re looking for a unique volunteer opportunity and are over the age of 18.

WAVES for Development
Do the outdoors suit your fancy? How would you feel about volunteering with local Peruvian families? Good? Then this voluntourism opportunity is for you. In the mornings you’ll learn to surf or speak Spanish and in the afternoons you return the favor by teaching local families English. Stationed in Lobitos, Peru this beautiful destination will truly change your life.

Biosphere Expeditions
If conservation is your interest, look no further. Spend a vacation in remote but fascinating parts of the world while working for this wildlife conservation nonprofit.

One or two week expeditions may be booked, and you can even pick your destination based on which species you’d like to help. Want to swim with the big fishies? Sharks, dolphins, turtles and coral reefs can be volunteered for in Malaysia. Or help the snow leopards in Altai. Or perhaps you’d like to work for the leopards, elephants and cheetahs in Namibia. Whatever your fascination, pick a region or species you’re interested in and get to working with this awesome hands-on conservation organization.

There are certainly many more voluntourism opportunities. And perhaps the best place to begin looking is within your local nonprofits. Do some research and see if they have any volunteer trips planned. No matter where you go, remember that this trip is about having a good time while making a difference. And we promise, you’ll make an impact wherever you go.

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