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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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4 Unique Ways to Volunteer for Halloween

Halloween isn’t typically thought of as a “do-gooders” holiday. But, despite what you may think, we’re here to tell you it’s a wonderful opportunity to give back. Take a look at our list, gather a group of family and friends and plan to give back this Halloween.

1. Volunteer to help celebrate Halloween for someone who is legally blind. You could be a shopper, driver, reader, or candy sorter. As someone who may not be able to drive to the store or navigate easily once there, something as simple as getting candy to pass out for neighborhood children could be a difficult task. Look into a local nonprofit who assists the blind and visually impaired to find out who lives in your area that you can assist.

2. Feeling creative? Haunted houses often need help constructing, decorating and being actors for their sets. You could even offer to do some marketing if that’s in your wheelhouse. Find a local haunted house through your Chamber of Commerce, library, local churches or schools and contribute in any way you know how to make it the best haunted house ever.

3. Gather candy donations and go to a Children’s Hospital to pass out candy. (Remember to bring a few toys for those who can’t have candy.) Feeling really charitable? Dress up in a fun, kid-friendly costume to brighten their Halloween night even more!

4. Donate old costumes to a children’s shelter. If you have old, gently used kid’s costumes consider putting them to good use! Costumes can get pricy, and on a tight budget, kids might not have the option of dressing up. Share this joy with them by donating your children’s old costumes (or encourage family friends with kids to do so).

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