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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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4 Reasons Why You Should Pay Your Employees to Volunteer

Many people want a chance to give back to their community, but between managing a family and a career, it can be almost impossible to find the time. Several businesses are now changing that by offering their employees opportunities to volunteer. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, more than 20% of the companies it surveys offer paid volunteering time, a number that is growing rapidly.

The ways in which companies do this varies greatly. Some offer a certain amount of days for paid volunteering, some will compensate for a specific number of hours and others even offer a month-long sabbatical at a charitable organization of the employee’s choice. No matter which approach is used, these programs have proven to have incredible benefits:

They foster a compassionate company culture.
When employees have the chance to team up and have a positive impact on the community, it fosters teamwork and camaraderie.

They attract young and talented employees.
Young professionals have a deep desire to give back. Offering a paid volunteering program sets businesses apart and makes them incredibly appealing to this demographic of innovative and socially responsible individuals.

They make employees happier.
Having the chance to dedicate time to a cause that they feel is important is a huge morale booster for employees, particularly when they don’t have to worry about missing out on work or pay. It can even benefit them professionally if they choose to donate their time and expertise to an organization in need of their specific skills. This leads to higher employee engagement and retention.

They give companies a chance to give back, even if they aren’t social ventures.
Social ventures are wonderful, but not every company is or can be one. Corporate volunteerism programs allow businesses to have an incredibly positive impact on their communities without entirely restructuring their business model.

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