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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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5 Reasons Why LinkedIn’s New Volunteer Marketplace is Wonderful

LinkedIn recently unveiled its new Volunteer Marketplace. The tool functions the same way that the business side of LinkedIn does, connecting people in search of volunteer positions with organizations that are looking for additional help. Here are some of the reasons why the Volunteer Marketplace is an awesome thing:

It makes it easier for volunteers to connect with nonprofits and vice versa. Prior to the development of Volunteer Marketplace, people looking for these kinds of opportunities could only express their interest on their profile and hope that an organization contacted them. Now, both the nonprofit and the volunteer can be active in their searching.

You can search based on specific skills. Are you a social media expert? Do you think your talents would be useful on a board? You can tailor your search to match what you’re most interested in and what you have to offer.

It provides recommendations. Volunteer positions will now appear in the “Jobs You May Be Interested In” tab. You might just discover an organization in your community that you didn’t know about or a position that aligns with your interests.

LinkedIn is discounting the service for nonprofits. The cost to post a volunteer opening on the site is only 10% of what a job posting costs. This makes the tool incredibly affordable, and LinkedIn has pledged to reinvest all revenues back into the program.

Volunteering helps your career. It’s common knowledge that having volunteer experience makes you a more desirable job candidate. Volunteering allows you to meet more people and expand your network. It makes sense that LinkedIn is combining this career-boosting aspect with typical professional networking.

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