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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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It’s Time to Talk to Your Teens About Volunteering

Every parent has heard it from every teenager from the beginning of time. “I’m bored!” The next time you hear that phrase, maybe it’s time for you to have the talk about volunteering.

Aside from getting them out of your hair for a few hours, there are several reasons why teens should get involved in their community:

It gives them purpose. Volunteering gives your teen ownership of a project. It teaches him responsibility for arriving on time and completing a task. It shows that one individual can make a difference.

It gives them perspective. So many teens claim they have it rough. There’s nothing like working in a soup kitchen to realize they’ve been blessed. Additionally, a volunteer project can teach your teen tolerance by putting them in touch with people of different backgrounds. And even diverse individuals can unite by common values to make a difference. Ultimately she will see that we all have a responsibility for building a stronger community.

It gives them prowess. By taking on leadership roles, learning new skills and getting involved in areas of interest, your teen will gain valuable skills that will help him in his future career.

It gives them passion. It seems all teens go through the phase, “everything’s stupid.” Empowering her to get involved may actually get her to discover that spark that ignites the sense that she is part of a greater community.

So how do you get them off the couch and into their community?

Discover their interests. Don’t make volunteering a chore. Talk with your teen about his current interests. Does he like working with peers or other age groups? Has he wanted to learn about other cultures? Has he shown interest in a career field? There’s certainly a cause in our community that fits

Understand their skills. Everyone has talents and some are waiting to be discovered. Volunteering provides a great playground to strengthen the budding carpenter or lawyer.

Determine their commitment. How much time can your teen give to an organization? Can they only give a day or a few hours a week? Regardless of the level of commitment, most organizations have a range of projects that would fit your teen’s schedule. Remember you may have to provide transportation so factor that into the decision.

And finally, if you want your teens to volunteer you should lead by example. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that 86 percent of teenagers who volunteer have parents that volunteer themselves. This may even give you an opportunity to spend time together and unearth a common interest.

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