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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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6 Small Ways to Volunteer that Make a Big Impact

Finding time to volunteer can be tricky. School is back in session, and with that a whole new host of responsibilities. Between work, family, friends and that distant memory known as sleep, squeezing in time to be altruistic can be tough for even the best time managers.

Here are a few smaller ways to give back in the midst of a hectic schedule.

1. Bake a dessert for a local soup kitchen. Most of the time only the essentials such as canned fruits and veggies are donated, but a sweet treat for the hungry is a nice way to spruce up their mealtime. Another option is donating fresh produce, as they are often served varieties that will last longer on the shelf. Whatever you decide, call up a soup kitchen near you and ask when would be a good time to drop off your small donation.

2. Donate blood to a blood bank. All this volunteer opportunity requires of you is your arm for about an hour. And, bonus, you usually get a cookie afterwards. It’s a win-win.

3. Send care packages through AnySoldier.com. This nifty organization sends packages and letters to soldiers who don’t receive mail while serving their country. According to one unit leader who left feedback on this service: "I have never seen anything like the love, appreciation and support that comes from the people who visit this site...I just want to thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart. So far I have been able to spread your love to 4 different soldiers of my platoon/battery and see the joyous looks on the soldiers' faces..."

4. By the end of the month, it’ll be time to rake your yard free of those beautifully delicate leaves. Consider raking your elderly neighbor’s yard as well as your own. It’s a small act, but you’d be surprised how much it will mean to them.

5. Similar to number four, ChemoAngels.net is a service that allows volunteers to write letters to chemo patients. These small gestures make all the difference to patients dealing with this incredibly trying time of their lives. Even those surrounded by family and friends find support and deep appreciation to their pen pals thr5ough this arduous process.

6. Made possible by the generous advertisers of the site, FreeRice.com supports the United Nations World Food Programme by having users answer trivia questions and rewarding grains of rice to the hungry for correct answers. It couldn’t be easier, and it’s a great way to “break” from work for a few minutes a day—consider it as an alternative option to your several daily visits to Facebook.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way