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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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A Few Ways to Give Back to Those Who’ve Given Us So Much

If you want to help make this world a better place, you’ve got every opportunity to do so. Being a willing volunteer is the first step to making a difference—big or small.

Oftentimes, we overlook simple ways to give back because we’re driven to find a larger, more glamorous cause. But realize that you alone helping someone can make a difference.

Older adults are often overlooked—especially in favor of helping young children—when it comes to getting a volunteer’s attention. But let’s not forget who got us this far in life. (Hint: it was them.)

This fall, we challenge you to reach out and volunteer for a cause that helps seniors (whether that’s an organization in particular, or simply offering a helping hand to a friend or stranger).

Offer to rake their yard free of leaves, give those front hedges a trim, mow their lawn, walk their pets, drive them to an appointment or simply have a nice conversation over tea or coffee. The best thing you can offer someone is your time. (Naturally followed by some talent or service.)

Need a few more ideas?

  • Cook a meal for them
  • Play a card game
  • Watch an old movie
  • Check on them when the weather is bad
  • Look through old photographs with them
  • Give them a call
  • Bake them a special treat
  • Write them a letter from a vacation
  • Offer to make small home repairs
  • Buy them flowers
  • Make sure they have proper heating for the winter

Any or all of these things would be wonderful gestures for a senior neighbor, old friend, grandparent, parent or stranger. Remember to offer help carefully, as you don’t want to make them feel incapable. Oftentimes simply being around to keep them company for a couple hours is what they’d appreciate the most. Consider volunteering a little bit of your time to add a big boost to someone’s week.

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