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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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How to Make Socially and Environmentally Responsible Fashion Choices

If you love fashion and all of the shopping that it entails, it might seem like your favorite hobby is inherently problematic. The news is filled with stories about mainstream retailers using sweatshops and being environmentally irresponsible. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to support positive production methods. Several fashion companies, ranging from budget-conscious to high-end, are committed to bettering communities and the environment.

Websites like goodguide.com provide ratings for companies, allowing you to find ethical, safe, healthy and green products. Here are just a few things to search for (as well as some of our favorite businesses) when you go on your next shopping spree.

Small Startups with a Big Cause
Social entrepreneurship is on the rise, and many small companies are dedicating time, energy, and money to incredibly worthy causes. One of these companies is kith+kin, a luxury handbag company started by three Baylor students. Recognizing the cycle of poverty that is prevalent in Africa, kith+kin partners with women in Africa to design and create the handbags. These women have been forced into prostitution in the past, and their work with kith+kin allows them to develop a new skill set so that they can provide for their families and escape the domestic abuse that they often endure. You can learn the stories of these amazing women and find out more information about kith+kin at kithkinandco.com.

Companies with “Buy One, Give One” Programs
TOMS was one of the first retailers to put one-for-one programs on the map, but the trend has rapidly expanded. Approximately one billion people don’t have access to affordable glasses, and Warby Parker has made it their mission to change that statistic. For every pair of glasses purchased at Warby Parker, the company donates a pair to someone in need. As of June 2013, they had distributed over 500,000 pairs. To find out more information about the program and purchase glasses, visit warbyparker.com.

Retailers with Environmental Initiatives
Many large companies are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the environment through specific initiatives. The outdoor and activewear company Patagonia states that they “want to act responsibly, live within our means and leave behind not only a habitable planet, but an Earth whose beauty and biodiversity is protected for those who come after us.” Patagonia is constantly partnering with nonprofits and developing campaigns to promote environmental responsibility. Visit patagonia.com to view their clothing and gear and learn more about their current initiatives.

Most importantly, do some research to find out if your favorite brands are using socially and environmentally responsible production methods. Companies that are should list their efforts on their website, but if you’re still unsure, you can always contact them and ask. Fashion and responsibility shouldn’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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