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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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7 Ways to Give this Thanksgiving Season

With Thanksgiving only a couple weeks out, our minds turn to ways we can give back to our community. Here are a few ideas to get you in the altruistic mindset.

1. Be a driver for nonprofits that deliver meals to people in need. Many of these nonprofits need extra drivers around the busy holiday season (and cheerful delivery people). Grab a friend and go spread some turkey love around your city.

2. Invite a neighbor or someone who doesn’t have any family in town to your Thanksgiving meal. When it comes down to it, what’s one extra place setting at your large table? It will be something for them to look forward to, rather than eating alone.

3. Visit a hospital or nursing home. Talk, sing, perform a piano piece, play cards or chat with residents while they eat. Bring up their favorite past Thanksgiving to break the ice and give you each something to talk about.

4. Deliver a Thanksgiving meal to someone. Perhaps it’s a friend who is recuperating from a surgery or illness (and they can’t attend your meal). Put together a delectable plate and drop it off at their home. If you’re unaware of anyone who fits this description, consider bringing a few meals to public service workers such as firemen, nurses on call, policemen or other workers on duty.

5. This one is a classic. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. But keep in mind that soup kitchens need more than servers to make their meals go smoothly. Be prepared to do a number of tasks (perhaps you’ll set tables, clean up plates, refill food trays, etc.).

6. Run a turkey trot. Most cities sponsor a 5K run/walk around Thanksgiving, with proceeds going to a local charity. Do some online research to find a turkey trot near you.

7. Short on time? Perhaps you’re hosting your family’s Thanksgiving meal and don’t have a lot of spare time to donate this year. Look for annual coat and warm clothing drives around your city. Generally donation boxes are stationed around high traffic areas and all you have to do is drop off unwanted, gently used, warm clothing and know that you’re helping someone in need.

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