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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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Everything You Need to Know to Have a Good Old-Fashioned Bake Sale

Cookies, and cakes, and pies! Oh my! There are few things as classic (and delicious) as an old-fashioned bake sale. They’re a perfect summery way to raise money for your favorite cause. Here are all the things you’ll need to think about when you’re planning your bake sale:

Team
In order to pull off a bake sale, you’re going to need a lot of volunteers. Start by recruiting people who are willing to help you plan. Once you’ve assembled a committee, start delegating different tasks. You’ll need volunteers for the day of the sale, people who are in charge of promotional efforts, and, of course, bakers.

Date
No matter when it is, a bake sale is always a good idea. But in order to make the most of your event, you should find a date that will draw attention. Is there a specific day or month that is dedicated to your specific cause? Is there a big festival in town that will attract lots of visitors?

Location
Just as in business, location is everything for bake sales. Pick a high-traffic area like outside of a supermarket or inside a mall. Wherever you decide to have it, be sure to contact the manager or other authority in charge of the space. You may not need a permit, but you will definitely need permission.

Baked Goods
Ah, the centerpiece of the event. Encourage your bakers to get creative or break out the old family recipes. In addition to the typical assortment of sweets, be sure to include some gluten-free, nut-free and healthier options.

Beyond Baked Goods
Don’t limit yourself to baked treats only. Consider selling lemonade, iced tea, or coffee, too. Non-edible items can also be big sellers. For example, if you’re raising money for a children’s home, have the kids make crafts to sell. It’s an excellent way to tie in the purpose of the event.

Packaging
Presentation is key, so put some thought into the packaging. Sell cookies and brownies individually as well as in large batches. Also, be sure to include an ingredient list or recipe with each item so customers can look for any possible allergens.

Promotion
Social media is going to be your best bet for promotion. Have people pin the recipes of what they’ll be making in a group Pinterest board or share photos of the baking process on Facebook. Get all volunteers on deck to tweet, post, Snapchat and Instagram the event for maximum exposure. But don’t forget about more traditional methods. Hang up flyers in public places and contact local news media to see if they’d be willing to write a story about the event or let you talk on live radio or TV.

Sponsorship
Contact local businesses to see if they would be willing to donate to the event or match profits. Your favorite bakeries might consider contributing some of their best items to the bake sale, too. Getting sponsorship might seem like a long shot, but you’ll never know until you ask.

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