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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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4 Reasons Why Facebook’s New “Donate Now” Button is Awesome

Facebook recently rolled out its new “Donate Now” button for nonprofits. The feature allows Facebook users to donate different amounts of money on the nonprofit’s page. The idea was developed when Facebook partnered with Red Cross to encourage charitable contributions to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts on the social media site. Currently the “Donate Now” button is being used by 12 large nonprofits, including Red Cross, the Nature Conservancy, Malaria No More, the American Cancer Society, and many other nonprofits will soon be added to this list. Here’s why this feature is so awesome:

1. You already spend a ton of time on Facebook. You get sucked into the social media vortex, and before you know it three hours have passed. Now you can make charitable contributions while you semi-stalk the people you went to high school with.

2. It’s incredibly easy. All you have to do is go to the page of the nonprofit, click the amount you want to donate ($10, $25, $50, $100, $250), enter your credit card information, and boom. You’ve helped to make a difference in someone’s life.

3. It’s a good kind of impulse spending. Let’s face it. We’ve all been there. You’re wasting time online, and three days later a box shows up on your doorstep with a $90 designer waffle iron because it seemed like a really good idea at the time. Now when you get the urge to drop some cash online, you can put it towards a good cause.

4. It’s a gateway for learning more about nonprofits. Their Facebook page provides a snapshot of their mission and recent events, but going to their website will give you an even better look at the work they’re doing. After learning more, you might be inspired to get involved in other ways. Before you know it, you could be one of their top volunteers.

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