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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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March is Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month, and has been since President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a proclamation in 1943. The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in the United States, but also extends their humanitarian efforts throughout the world using associations with other Red Cross efforts. The organization has a rich history, beginning with Clara Barton in 1881. Inspired by the Red Cross network she heard of while visiting Europe after the Civil War, Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross.

You might only think of blood drives when you think of the Red Cross, but according to the organization’s website, today the supporters, volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross provide compassionate care in five critical areas:

  • People affected by disasters in America
  • Support for members of the military and their families
  • Blood collection, processing and distribution
  • Health and safety education and training
  • International relief and development

That means there are a lot of different ways that you can help out the Red Cross:

- Give blood or host a blood drive. The Red Cross is the the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Unfortunately, this year’s winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in fewer blood and platelet donations, making the need for donors incredibly urgent.

- Donate. The Red Cross relies on the generosity of both blood and financial donors. You can donate online, by text, by mail, monthly, or in “honor” or “memory” of someone.

- Volunteering. There are so many ways you can volunteer! Help out in your community, at a blood drive, or be an advocate by promoting the Red Cross on social media.

- Get involved with a group or program. The American Red Cross has several groups and programs in place to support military families, increase emergency preparedness and more.

For more information on supporting the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org.

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