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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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Acts of Kindness You Can Do This Fall

Acts of Kindness You Can Do This Fall

The season of giving is quickly approaching, so why not get a head start? Performing kind deeds is a great way to help others and make yourself feel good. A random act of kindness can turn someone’s day around. Since the weather is cooling down, you can add a little sunshine and warmth to a stranger with these simple ideas. 

1. Rake someone’s leaves.
Consider any of your neighbors or relatives that aren’t as mobile as they used to be. They could probably use some help clearing their yards of fallen leaves. Do know someone with young kids they’re constantly running after? He or she would likely greatly appreciate you taking the time to rake the heaps of leaves in the front yard. Raking leaves helps others, and it also is a great way to get some exercise, making it a double-whammy activity.

2. Go on a clean-up nature walk.
Fall is a fantastic season in which to spend time outdoors. The air is crisp, the leaves have turned beautiful colors, and the temperatures are perfect. Consider taking advantage of the beautiful weather by going on a walk through nature. You could bring a trash bag and a picking tool to clean up garbage along the way. By doing so, you’d be keeping your community clean and getting to soak up the beauty that autumn has to offer. 

3. Write an encouraging note to a loved one.
If you know someone who’s been struggling with a dilemma lately, try sending them a thoughtful note. You telling them you care about them will go further than you might think. Consider writing it on fall-themed stationery for a fun touch. Words of affirmation are incredibly powerful, yet incredibly simple, ways to spread some kindness. Either write them down, or say them to you someone you care about, the next time you feel like brightening someone’s day.

4. Help out at your local community center.
Many community centers host fall activities like craft nights or storytimes. Think about offering a helping hand at its next event. You’ll meet new people from your area, and you’ll likely have a good time doing it. Your community center will greatly appreciate you taking time out of your day to help others around you. 

5. Drop off food at a food pantry.
If you have a backyard garden, consider taking some fresh produce to your local food bank. The pantry will be thankful for your gracious donation, and so will those who frequent it. You’ll feel good knowing the hard work you put into your garden is helping people in need.

6. Make a meal for your neighbor.
Few things show you care quite like a home-cooked meal. Try bringing a yummy fall dish to your neighbor next time you feel like doing something kind for others. You could also invite them over for a meal. It’s a great way to get to know a new neighbor or grow closer to friendly one.

Fall is a great time to show others you care. These simple acts of kindness can go a long way in the eyes of others, and they can make you feel good, too.

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