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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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Creative Halloween Fundraising Ideas

Creative Halloween Fundraising Ideas

October has arrived, which means Halloween is right around the corner. It’s the time of year to get creative, whether that be with your costume, your decorations or your fundraisers. According to The Balance, “Halloween retail spending was estimated at $9 billion in 2018.” Therefore it’s a fantastic time to fundraise. People tend to be in the spirit, excited for a night of sweet treats and fun friends. 

Stumped on creative inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of Halloween fundraising ideas for your favorite nonprofit.

1. Pumpkin Carving Contest
There isn’t a Halloween tradition quite like carving jack-o-lanterns. It’s an activity that’s fun for all ages, and it can be as simple or intricate as you’d like. You’ll need to supply the pumpkins, carving tools and patterns. Try asking a local pumpkin patch if they’d like to be a sponsor and donate some pumpkins. Charge guests an entry fee that gets them one pumpkin per person, as well as refreshments, and you’ll be set for a successful event.

2. Halloween Facebook Auction
If you don’t have little ones to take trick-or-treating, spend your Halloween evening hosting a Facebook auction. People can bid on items like decorated gift baskets or event tickets while they wait for trick-or-treaters. Ask employees of your chosen nonprofit, as well as friends and family, for item donations. 

Facebook auctions are simple to set up. As the coordinator, all you need to do is post items with their minimum bid amounts, and set a time for it to begin and end. Then, spread the word! Bidders will send you a Facebook message of the item they’re interested and their maximum bid. Once it’s finished, you’ll let the winners know their prizes. 

3. Costume Contest
A costume contest is a great way to let others’ creativity shine. You can choose to make yours adults only or all ages. Designate prize categories like Best Couple's Costume or Most Accurate to a Character. You can find sponsors from local businesses to donate prizes for each category. To raise more than just entrance fees, consider adding an activity like a dance competition or a silent auction. 

4. Jar Guessing Game
Start by filling jars with items like candy corn or spooky bouncy balls, and place them inside your nonprofit or another local business. Charge people per their guesses of how many are in each jar. Winners can receive the jar’s contents or another prize of your choosing. Just make sure you get their contact information to notify them if they win!

Halloween is a wonderful time to raise money for a worthy cause. By choosing any of the above options, you can bring people together to celebrate the holiday and keep helping the cause you support.

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