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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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Tips for Organizing a Charity Race

It happens year round. People don Santa sweaters, ridiculous moustaches, zombie costumes and even strip down to their skivvies. They crawl through mud, climb obstacles and are pelted with brightly colored powder. And they do it all in the name of charity.

Themed races are a blast, and they’re a great way to raise money for an important cause. Planning your own might seem incredibly overwhelming, but these tips and steps will help you pull it off with ease:

- Organize a committee. A big event like a charity race requires a lot of manpower, so pull together a group of your friends to help you sort out the logistics. If you can find someone who has experience organizing a similar event, that’s even better. Still at a loss for resources? Your local runner’s shop might have some great ideas.

- Select your charity. You might have a very specific cause in mind, or you might just have the general desire to do something good for your community. Once you you’ve chosen your charity, you can start brainstorming for a theme that would lend itself well to that organization’s mission.

- Choose a date, time and location. First of all, make sure you give yourself at least several months to plan the event. Next, look at your theme/cause and see if there is a specific month or holiday that lends itself well to the theme. Finally, map out a location. Is there a route that’s typically used for races in your community?

- Get the necessary permits. Because races usually require blocking off streets, it’s very important that you get permission from your city. They might also be able to provide you with local police staff to help with the event’s security.

- Advertise, advertise, advertise. Once you know the big facts about the race and decide on the fee for runners, you can start targeting the people who you think might be interested in participating. Don’t forget to ask for event volunteers too. Put up posters, send out fliers, use social media, advertise on local radio and television stations, etc. Also talk to businesses in your community to ask if they would be willing to donate money or other items to the event.

- Make safety a priority. In addition to security and traffic control, make sure you have a trained first aid staff and volunteers assigned to ensure all runners stay on the course. Provide plenty of water and snacks to participants and volunteers so everyone stays hydrated and energized. A successful event is one that ends with every participant feeling great as they cross the finish line.

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