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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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Ways to Celebrate America Recycles Day

Halloween is over, which means the stores have started decking their halls. Hold on!

There happen to be several holidays worth celebrating between Halloween and New Years. (And we’re not even talking Turkey Day.)

For instance, November 15th marks America Recycles Day. To celebrate, we challenge you to investigate unusual items in your house that can be recycled.

We all know the basics—paper, plastic, cardboard, etc. But did you know that you can recycle athletic shoes, bikes, bras, carpeting, hair dryers, mobile phones, packing peanuts, and resealable sandwich bags?

Let’s take these one at a time.

Athletic shoes: Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe recycling bin allows for this dandy corporation to reuse the soles for a raw material called Nike Grind, which is used in things like shoe soles, running tracks and zippers.

Bikes: Americans toss out over 15 million bikes per year. But consider giving them a second life with Bikes of the World, an organization that collects and refurbishes old bikes and donates them to low-income families, both in the United States and in developing countries.

Bras: Although we don’t generally choose to donate old bras, the Bosom Buddy Program (a textile recycling company out of Arizona) wants us to do just that. You can drop them off at a number of locations or mail them in, where their awesome workers will spruce them up and donate them to women’s shelters.

Carpeting: Many carpet retailers have a recycling program in place. Google “Carpet Reclamation Facility” and find one that’s convenient for you to drop off that old orange shag carpet.
(Kidding, we’re hoping that’s long gone by now.)

Hair Dryers: While they usually have a long life, once they do die they’re rather clunky to have lying around. Mail them into Folica.com and they’ll issue you a $40 credit to buy a new one off their site. Pretty sweet deal, eh?

Mobile Phones: Ahh, old phones. A treasure chest of embarrassing pixelated photos, ex’s numbers and terrible pre-loaded wallpapers and ringtones. Time to say bye bye. You can find a list of mail-back programs at earth911.com.

Packaging Peanuts: “GASP! But they’re Styrofoam!” We know. We found it astounding as well. Amazingly enough, those little guys are surprisingly resilient. Most shipping companies will take them back—check out loosefillpackaging.com to find a drop off location near by.

Resealable Sandwich Bags: We know you’re guilty of it. A one-time use and then it’s out to the trash (mostly because the idea of cleaning out sticky peanut butter and jelly or smelly old chicken doesn’t sound like a wise use of your time). Well that’s because it’s not. Now, you can recycle them at more than 18,000 in store recycling centers. Go on, give it a Google and be amazed.

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