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Our organization is dedicated to helping people in our community break through the cycle of poverty and mental illness. This includes raising awareness about the experience of living with mental illness, to end the cycle of poverty for those that seek our services, and build bridges in our community for those who are lost. Discover how your help makes an impact.


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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 Ways that Volunteering Can Help You Find a New Job

Have you recently found yourself unemployed? Downsizing and other unfortunate circumstances can make jobs disappear at the drop of a hat, leaving you disgruntled and at a loss for what to do next. It might seem like you should devote all of your unexpected free time to networking, resume restructuring and interviewing, and those things are definitely important. But one of the best things you can do for yourself and your career is to become invested in a volunteer project. Take a look at these 5 reasons why volunteering can help you find a new job:

It fills the gap in your resume. For potential employers, a few missing months on your resume can raise some red flags. Even if it takes a while for you to find a new job, volunteering demonstrates your initiative and determination to continue building your experience.

It gives you new skills. Chances are that volunteering will require skills that wouldn’t be utilized in a typical office job. Diversifying your skill set will make you a more attractive potential employee, and stepping outside of your comfort zone will force you to be more creative.

It allows you to meet new people. Believe it or not, volunteering is a fantastic way to build your business contacts. Who knows? The guy that’s helping you hang drywall for Habitat for Humanity might know of an opening in his office that would be a perfect fit for you. Even if it doesn’t lead you to new employment opportunities, you’ll expand your social circle with great friends and acquaintances.

You just might find a new passion. Maybe you’ve never gotten the chance to manage social media for an organization or get really creative with graphic design. Maybe you weren’t aware of a social issue that is now extremely important to you. Several entrepreneurs were motivated to start their organizations because of meaningful volunteer experiences that they had. Whether or not you choose to turn it into a career, a new interest or cause is a positive thing to cultivate.

It can boost your confidence. After losing a job, it’s easy to start doubting yourself and your capabilities. Dedicating time and energy to helping others will get you out of your suffocating self pity by refocusing your mind on something that has meaning and purpose.

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