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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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#GivingTuesday: What Is It and How to Participate

#GivingTuesday occurs on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, it falls on December 3rd. And the mission is quite simple: create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season, “by encouraging charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.”

Leading up to the day, you can sign up to become a social media ambassador (check out givingtuesday.org for the sign up details) and spread the word to your community. In signing up, you’ll brainstorm with others how to inspire people to participate in this movement, give back in smarter ways and help the world on this special day. They stress that their success is based on assembling a group of diverse individuals—sound interesting? Give their website a peek.

If social media doesn’t suit your fancy, consider submitting a story for the #GivingTuesday community. They’re looking for people to write stories on past and future #GivingTuesday endeavors. Posts can be short (450 words or less) and include things like “Why did you chose to participate in #GivingTuesday?” or “What are your plans for #GivingTuesday this year?” or “Share an example of how you are making an impact.”

While these jobs leading up to the event surely help make their cause an even bigger success, the most important thing you can do is commit to participating in this day of giving back.

Assemble a group of family members (perhaps encourage them to extend their Thanksgiving trip to volunteer together), find a group of friends, a neighbor or even go out and make a difference by yourself. No matter the logistics, this is a day encouraging you to give back in any way you can think of. Get creative, have fun and thank you for making a difference in your community.

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