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The following “Voices of Hope” comments are real from people that are involved within our three main areas of Residential Program, Clubhouse Program and Payee Program.

  • “I started being the better me at Breakthrough House … the me I was always meant to be”


  • “When I came to Breakthrough House I felt like I was home. I move around more, engage with others and feel better about myself”


  • “I feel accepted and appreciated. I feel like it’s real at the Clubhouse. The staff work hard to help the members get what they need”


The “Voices of Hope” is an online campaign that gives everyone an opportunity to participate and “Invest” in the lives of people with mental illness disorders at Breakthrough House, Inc. Each generous donation will continue the ongoing programs and services that directly benefit our Residents, Consumers and Clubhouse Members. Please join the Breakthrough House, Inc. Board of Directors and staff in supporting more than 500 individuals in our programs of…

  • Residential – Providing housing options since 1983, including 24-hour supported group living and independent living apartments. Residents receive help with quality living, finances, social, educational, substance and medication monitoring.
  • Clubhouse – The original BTH program is opened Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm and serves breakfast and lunch. The Clubhouse is open one Saturday per month for “social” activities.
  • Payee Services – The Social Security Administration authorizes Breakthrough House to manage monthly finances for individuals receiving  SSI, making sure basic needs are met and helping clients manage funds and savings, assuming they make good financial decisions.

Thank you for your consideration to “Invest” in the lives of those in our programs. Please click on the DONATE button that appears on this page.

Here to Help People Who Live with Mental Illness

Breakthrough House, Inc. is a nonprofit community agency established in 1978 to support the recovery of individuals with mental illness by providing services, supports, and opportunities to improve the quality of their lives. Through the efforts of staff and volunteers, interaction with peers, and community involvement, individual needs are met, social and vocational skills are restored, and self-esteem is strengthened, encouraging adult men and women who participate in our programs to contribute their talents and abilities to the benefit of themselves and others as they live, learn, work, and play.

Our History

A student at the University of Kansas, searching for a way to meet the internship requirement for her Master’s Degree in Social Work, decided to pursue starting a support group for persons in Topeka recovering from mental illness. She discussed her idea with the director of the local Mental Health Association and with others who shared her vision, and together they initiated weekly meetings at her house. What began as a small network for patients and former patients from Topeka State Hospital, the Menninger Clinic, and other therapeutic settings has grown to become a full-fledged community of mutual support.

Our Goal

Our goal is to empower individuals with mental illness to function more independently in their social, living, and working environments and to secure decent, safe, and affordable housing for them in Shawnee County. The people we serve are on a journey toward recovery from mental illness. Our philosophy is to meet them where they are, to accept them as they are, and to walk side-by-side with them on that journey—supporting them, empowering them, working in partnership with them to achieve their goals for independence and employment.

Special thanks to our partner Hanover Pancake House.
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Special thanks to Friends of Ayers Foundation for donating socks for the consumers in our Breakthrough House Program.