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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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6 Ideas for December Volunteering

Now that the Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to focus your volunteer efforts on the wonderful month of December. With extra time off and family in town, it’s an ideal time to give back (especially to those who need a little help to make their holiday celebrations joyful).

Get a group together and pick one of these ideas to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter:

1. Live in a snowy place? Volunteer to be on call to scoop your neighbor’s driveway. Ice and snow can be a dangerous combination for older people—get your family together to make quick work of their driveway and save them a potentially hazardous house chore.

2. Do you play the guitar? What about the piano? Consider getting a group of carolers together and go spread some holiday cheer at a local retirement home. Even if you’re a little tone-deaf, your effort and smiles will be enough to make their night.

3. Several studies support the findings that there is a spike in domestic violence around the holiday season. With this being the case, women’s shelters are often in greater need for supplies. Pick up some extra toiletries next time you’re out, look for a few items of clothing you’re willing to donate, or buy a few toys for the mothers and children that will be spending the holiday season in a shelter.

4. Perhaps the little ones in your family have all grown up, leaving a void of Lego and Barbie shopping. The solution? Look into philanthropies that donate toys to underprivileged children, or kids in orphanages or foster care. It can be a wonderful experience picking out a special toy for a little one.

5. Perhaps the furry population has a special place in your heart. With winter weather, animal shelters also see a rise in residents. Purchase extra food or treats, disinfectant, laundry detergent, paper towels, kitty litter, pet pillows or other supplies your local shelter is running low on. (Or better yet, adopt your new best friend.)

6. Many nonprofits in your area will be having a holiday fundraising event. Select one that stands out to you and make a donation. It’s simple, but makes a huge impact for that charity and in your community.

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