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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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Make a Difference with Your Spring Break

As college students all over the country brave the cold, wind and snow to walk to their classes on campus, their thoughts begin to turn to all of the possibilities that Spring Break holds. Warmth! Tans! Relaxation! These thoughts will inspire countless Google searches for “free booze and place to stay in south padre.” But if we’re being totally honest, drinking on the beach for days on end is exhausting and can get boring pretty quickly.

Perhaps this might be the year to trade in sunburns and hangovers for a meaningful experience that allows you to make a difference. Several local and national organizations offer Alternative Spring Break trips where students can travel and volunteer for a specific cause. Put your Google search skills to use to find out more about specific opportunities, and keep these things in mind as you start planning your trip:

Make the most of your time.
Is there an issue or organization that you’re passionate about? Do you know other people who are doing an Alternative Spring Break? Start asking around to see if any groups on your campus or in your community are organizing something. Also spend some time thinking about where you’d like to go. You might not have a preference about the service work you’ll be doing, but maybe you’ve always wanted to see South America. Use this as an opportunity to cross something off your bucket list. Once you’ve identified programs you’re interested in, spend some time looking at the itineraries. If you’re torn between two, pick the one that allows you to do the most with your week.

Set a budget and start saving up.
Most Alternative Spring Breaks cost money and some can be quite expensive (but so is a week at Panama City Beach, and this way you get to help people.) Identify how much you’re able/willing to spend on your trip, and make sure you stick within your budget. Look into what the program cost includes. Are meals paid for? Will you be expected to find and fund your own transportation? Are there free days or nights when you’ll need money for other activities? Spring Break isn’t all that far away, but if you start saving now you’ll have some extra cash when it finally arrives.

Have realistic expectations.
Will you change the world in a week? No, but you can make an impact on someone’s life. You might be able to frame a house, improve a campsite, or assist scientists in important ecological research. One thing is certain; you aren’t going to regret using your break to do good.

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