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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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Fall into Volunteering this Autumn

Fall into Volunteering this Autumn

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of sweaters, pumpkin patches, and caramel apples. With the weather cooling down, many want to spend their free time curled up at home. However, there are plenty of ways to help your community this time of year. Autumn’s beautiful weather and fun holidays make it easy to find volunteering opportunities in your area. We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started.

Organize a neighborhood park clean-up.
Before the leaves begin to fall, round up your neighbors for a pick-up of your local park. It’s important to clear the area of garbage before it gets covered in leaves, and eventually snow. Otherwise, come spring time, you’ll be left with a soggy mess once the snow and ice melt. Pick a nice day, grab some bags and gloves, and you’ll have your park looking better in no time. 

Rake leaves for someone in need.
Do you have a neighbor or loved one who could use an extra hand? Maybe they’re a senior citizen or they have young children. Consider offering to rake their leaves for them. Not only will you be doing someone a favor, but you’ll also be spending time in the crisp weather. Raking is also a good form of exercise, which is an added bonus to your good deed!

Make blankets for a homeless shelter.
The weather is cooling down, so people will be looking for ways to keep warm. You can help residents of homeless shelters do so by making and donating blankets. Fleece tie blankets are super simple to make; you can find tutorials with just a quick internet search. Consider hosting a blanket-making party with your friends and family. It’s a great way to bond with your loved ones and do something good for others.

Take underprivileged kids trick-or-treating.
Many children’s homes seek volunteers each year to take children trick-or-treating. They often support many kids, so it’s difficult to take them all out at one time. You could be of great help to them by making sure the kids have a safe and fun Halloween evening. Plus, it’s always fun to see Halloween through the eyes of a child.

Set up a drive for your local food bank.
Every year, there are families who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner. You can help them by organizing a food drive with your school, faith-based organization or family and friends. By collecting and donating canned goods and non-perishables, you’ll assist your local food pantry providing families with the holiday meal they deserve. You can even volunteer to help serve it!

The fall is a great time to volunteer and do some good in your community. You can do it solo or with a group. At the end of the day, you’ll feel better knowing you gave back. Then you can relax with a cup of cider and a slice of pie.

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