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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 Ways to Make the Holidays Greener

The holidays are a wonderful time of celebration with family and friends, but they can also be a time of excess. Americans generate an estimated six million tons of extra waste in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. By reducing your energy consumption and waste during the holidays, you can ensure that your festivities are environmentally friendly. Here are just a few simple tips for enjoying the season responsibly:

1. Get creative with present wrapping. Reuse newspapers, magazine pages and maps instead of buying new wrapping paper. Check your closets for old ribbon, twine and other trimmings. Not only will your packages be eco-friendly, they’ll also be adorable. Most importantly, be sure to recycle any wrapping after the excitement of opening presents is over.

2. When sending your holiday tidings, look for printers who use green manufacturing. They’ll be able to print your cards on recycled paper with special environmentally responsible inks. Or go entirely electronic and search the web for some fun and festive ecards.

3. There’s nothing like a lights display to make the season bright, but there are easy ways to limit the amount of energy used. Unplugging lights during the day is the simplest plan, but purchasing a lighting timer can make it even easier. And if you haven’t made the switch to LED lights yet, now is the time. They’re safer, sturdier and longer lasting than traditional strings of lights.

4. Make the most of your shopping trips with some careful planning. If possible, use public transportation to get to and from your destinations. If a car is the only option, map out your errands to minimize the amount of gas you need. Don’t forget to bring some reusable bags with you to carry all of your wonderful purchases.

5. When it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts. Put some time into thinking about presents that will have long-term use for the recipient. If you’re looking for a creative idea, consider giving the gift of trees. Several websites allow you to make a donation that will plant trees in someone’s honor. It’s a great way to give something that will have a lasting impact.

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