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Our organization is dedicated to helping people in our community break through the cycle of poverty and mental illness. This includes raising awareness about the experience of living with mental illness, to end the cycle of poverty for those that seek our services, and build bridges in our community for those who are lost. Discover how your help makes an impact.


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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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The 5 Best Practices of an All-Star Volunteer

We appreciate all of our volunteers and we want you to have an enjoyable and rewarding experience as you volunteer for us or other organizations. We’ve found that the best volunteers follow these simple tips for volunteering nirvana.

Come prepared. For example, if you’re working a soup kitchen, don’t show up in nice business attire (wear clothes that are okay to get dirty—and remember, it’s for a good cause). Likewise if you’re planting a community garden, bring tools such as shovels and garden gloves. Don’t expect the nonprofit to provide all needed materials. Do some background research before showing up ill prepared.

Be on time. Assuming you signed up for a shift, your volunteer time is valuable to a nonprofit organization. Don’t waste any precious minutes because you “couldn’t find parking” or “were just running late.” Plan accordingly.

Even, dare we say it, get there early.

Get ready to serve. The whole purpose of your volunteering is to give back. Showing up with a persnickety attitude is no way to be a happy giver.

Come with a positive, adaptable attitude. Perhaps on that particular day, you’ll be asked to perform a job you didn’t sign up for. Accept it. Do it willingly. Make it easier on the organizers and show everyone what it means to be a great volunteer.

Be open to learning. Your duty might require some training. Don’t be insulted or offended. No matter your educational background, you probably don’t know everything there is to know. And chances are, your organizers will be more familiar with certain aspects of that nonprofit you’re volunteering for.

Be a patient student, ready and eager to learn what’s necessary to perform your job to the best of your ability.

Be happy. Studies show that people who volunteer are happier and less stressed. Consider your time volunteering as a valuable opportunity to de-stress from your other daily responsibilities.

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