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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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Crucial Facts You Should Know About Global Literacy

If you can read this sentence, consider yourself among the global elite. According to UNESCO, more than 774 million adults (15 years and older) still cannot read or write. In addition, more than 123 million youth fall into the illiterate category.

Shockingly, two-thirds of illiterate adults in the world are women. Even among illiterate children, 76 million are female. The disparity between the male and female illiteracy rates is largely due to laws and cultural factors that prohibit women from obtaining the same level of education as men.

Although the majority of illiterate people are concentrated in three key areas (South and West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab states), developed nations face a growing illiteracy problem as well. In the United States, more than 93 million people have only basic or below basic literacy skills.

Illiteracy poses countless challenges for the people it affects. They are often unable to understand medical instruction, apply for or maintain jobs, or sign any legally binding contracts. This then launches them into a cycle of poverty and illness, preventing them from building a better life. Low literacy rates therefore lead to lower life expectancies.

So what can you do to help change this awful situation? Start by finding a nonprofit organization that works to eradicate illiteracy. Some organizations do this directly by implementing programs that increase access to education and teach illiterate people to read. Others are exploring technology’s role in increasing literacy, using mobile phones and tablets as educational tools in areas with high illiteracy rates. Another nonprofit, Speaking Books, delivers critical messages that empower, educate and save lives through illustrated hard-cover talking books that have straightforward and easy to understand text. Ranging in topics from vaccination to mental health for teens, Speaking Books positively and dramatically impact illiterate communities.

All facets of fighting illiteracy are important, so volunteer for or donate to an organization that is working to change the bleak state of global literacy. But most importantly, educate yourself on the worldwide issue of illiteracy.

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