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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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Essentials for Your Next Family Road Trip

Essentials for Your Next Family Road Trip

Summertime means family vacations. To many families, vacations include long hours in the car on the way to and from their destinations. Family road trips are a great way to get closer to your loved ones while exploring new places. Making sure you’ve packed thoroughly can make your road trip experience even more enjoyable. Whether you’re headed to the Gulf Coast or the Grand Canyon, we’ve compiled a list of items you’ll need once you’ve hit the road.

1. Chargers. For everything.
Unless you’re doing things old school, you’re likely using a GPS on your smartphone or dashboard to navigate your trip. Be sure to have your charger (with a car adapter) handy when you’re battery starts to drain. Losing your sense of direction can easily create a stressful situation. 

Also include chargers for cameras, e-readers, tablets and any other electronics you’re planning to pack. If you need a device to constantly have power, pack a portable charger to ensure you’ll never suffer from low-battery panic.

2. Something to read
Books, e-readers and magazines are great boredom savers on long car rides. They’re entertaining ways to pass the time for both kids and adults. Grab a sci-fi novel to get lost in a different world, or pick up a non-fiction book to learn something new. Does reading in the car give you motion sickness? Consider downloading an audiobook to get all the content without the queasiness.

3. Your favorite snacks
Most people can agree that snacks are one of the most important components of a good road trip. Stop by your local grocery store before you head out to make sure everyone gets something they like. Packing a cooler with your favorite drinks and eats ensures no one will be left hangry. 

4. Wet wipes or paper towels
It’s no secret that kids can be messy, so having wipes at the ready will make it easy for you to clean them up. They’ll also save your car interior from sticky fingers.

5. Downloaded movies
If you have a tablet or a laptop, consider downloading a few movies to help pass the time. They’re sure to keep kids happy and entertained, and they can give you a break from the age-old, “Are we there yet?” question. Just be sure to remember headphones!

6. Blankets and pillows
Spending long hours in the car can get uncomfortable quickly. If you know you’ll be cold from the air conditioning, bring a blanket with you to keep cozy. Pillows are also essential for a mid-trip snooze or just to rest your head on during the drive.

7. Notebooks and colored pencils
A cheap and fun way to spend drive time, supplies like paper and colored pencils can easily cure kids’ boredom. They can doodle, play tic-tac-toe or practice their writing skills. Try limiting writing tools to colored pencils, though. Markers and pens can stain car interior, and crayons can melt in hot cars, leaving a mess.

Road trips can be a blast when you come prepared. You have the ability to create fond memories before you even reach your destination! Just remember the essentials, and you’ll be set for a drive to remember.

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    United Way