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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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7 Summer Volunteer Ideas for Teens

School is out for the summer, and that means that your teen set is going to have a whole lot of time on their hands. Though the studying might be over, the summer months are still crucial for exploring careers and getting volunteer experience. Here are some fun ways that your teen can give back to the community:

Libraries
If your teenager loves literature or interacting with kids, the library might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for them. Tasks can range from reading books for groups of children to helping develop social media presence.

Camps
Too old to attend and too young to be counselors, teenagers are in the volunteering sweet spot for camps. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy typical camp activities while gaining new skills.

Nursing Homes
Nothing brightens the days of residents at nursing homes quite like a visit from a young person. Volunteering at a nursing home gives teens the chance to form friendships with and gain wisdom from a wonderful group of people.

Hospitals
Several hospitals have programs for teenagers who are looking to volunteer. This is a particularly excellent option for teens who are considering a career in the medical field.

Animal Shelters
Who doesn’t love playing with adorable animals? Volunteering at an animal shelter is also a great method of career exploration for teenagers who are interested in becoming veterinarians.

Museums
There’s always something interesting going on at a museum. Many have volunteer programs that allow teenagers to help with events or daily archiving tasks.

Local Farms
Farmers often look for the help of young workers in the summer. Whether it’s cutting weeds out of organic fields or watering beautiful gardens, volunteers will get to enjoy nature and burn off some extra energy.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way