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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 Ideas for Valentine’s Day Volunteer Dates

Valentine’s Day is just a little over a week away, which means you’re probably scrambling to come up with a fun and romantic way to celebrate with your favorite person. You could do the standard routine (flowers, candy, dinner, etc.), but why not shake things up a bit?

Going on a volunteering date will give you warm fuzzies in more ways than one. Not only will you get to spend quality time with someone you care about, you’ll also be doing something to help people in need. Here are some ideas for romantic volunteering this Valentine’s Day:

- Instead of spending money on an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant, spend the evening helping to feed others. Find a local organization that packages meals for the homeless, help out a backpack program that sends meals home with children who might not typically get food on the weekends, or offer to serve food at a soup kitchen. You probably wouldn’t remember a mediocre restaurant steak, but you’ll certainly remember a night when you contributed to feeding the hungry.

- There’s no better occasion for cuddling than Valentine’s day, so spend some time cozying up to adorable cats and dogs at a local animal shelter. Who knows? You just might fall madly in love and end up taking someone home.

- Get your hearts beating with a charity race. Several cities host Valentine’s Day races for causes like the American Heart Association. Do a little research to find the nearest race and lace up your sneakers. Crossing the finish line together will make for a very special memory.

- Are wedding bells ringing? If you’re planning to pop the question on the most romantic night of the year (or if you already have), spend part of the evening registering so that wedding guests can contribute to a cause of your choice. You’ll feel great knowing that the celebration of your love resulted in more good being done, and the likelihood of you receiving six toasters will greatly decrease.

- If you’re the couple that loves to have guests over, invite your friends to a Valentine’s Day dinner party. You can keep it simple or go all out with gourmet food and beautiful decorations. In exchange for your hospitality, request that your guests donate money to a charity of your (or their) choice. They’ll be grateful that they don’t have to scramble for last minute reservations and happy to have the chance to make a difference.

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