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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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Why You Should Get Your Fresh Fruits and Veggies Locally

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables month, and today happens to be Fresh Veggies Day. So head to your refrigerator and take a look at your produce drawers. Do you have a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand? And if you do, were they locally grown?

We all know that vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, but purchasing them locally benefits you and your community in a huge way. Here’s why:

Local produce has more nutrients.
Produce has its maximum amount of nutrients before it’s picked. As soon as it’s taken from its source, it begins to lose nutritious value. When you buy produce locally, you’ll get it sooner than you would fruits and vegetables that have traveled thousands of miles, increasing its health benefits.

Local produce conserves energy.
When produce has to travel cross-country or even internationally, a lot of energy is used to transport it. By purchasing your vegetables and fruits from the farmer down the road, you reduce energy use and benefit the environment.

Local produce tastes better.
A freshly-picked tomato from your neighbor’s garden is always going to taste better than a tomato that has traveled 1500+ miles to reach your grocery store. Buying locally allows you to enjoy the flavors of fruits and vegetables when they are at their very best.

Local produce supports farmers.
Farmers are a key part of communities. They contribute to the available food source and help to preserve wildlife and land. However, farming isn’t a viable source of income when farmers only receive a few cents of every retail food dollar. When you buy locally, you cut out the middleman and support an important livelihood in a very impactful way.

If these reasons have you convinced to start buying your produce locally, check out your local farmer’s markets or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs that allow you to subscribe to receive boxes of locally-grown produce. When you buy your fruits and vegetables locally, it’s a win for everyone.

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