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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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Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

The hype surrounding Valentine’s Day often focuses on romance, but February 14th is also the perfect occasion to let friends, family, neighbors know that you care. While some people adore the holiday, for others it can be a lonely day for a variety of reasons. Take a step back from the candy and flowers and think about how you can spread the love. These are just a few acts of kindness that might brighten someone else’s day:

Buy, make, or print some Valentine’s Day cards to give out.
Send one to the people you appreciate but don’t often take the time to thank (your dentist, your drycleaner, that barista who always remembers your order, etc.). Also consider taking some to a nursing home. The residents will be delighted to have a visitor, and you’ll have the chance to talk to some of the sweetest, wisest people in your community.

Could you give Martha Stewart a run for her money in the baking department?
And if not, do you at least have good taste in donuts? One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is the excessive consumption of sweets, so make or buy some baked goods to distribute. Take them to the office, leave a box on your neighbor’s doorstep, or hand deliver them to friends.

Give your relatives a call.
When was the last time you talked to your grandma? Have you chatted with your favorite cousin lately? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to remind them how much you love them and appreciate their support.

Show some love to your coworkers.
Office romances might be discouraged where you work, but there certainly aren’t rules about letting the people you work with know that you appreciate them. Write a note to thank your coworker for her help on that presentation you had last week or hand out candy to your department. There truly is no better combination than gratitude and food.

Don’t be afraid to do some kind things for strangers.
Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Leave a card on someone’s windshield. Simply wish a random person a happy Valentine’s Day. There’s no feeling quite as great and unexpected as someone you don’t know saying or doing something nice for you.

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