Each year, Breakthrough House runs events to spread mental health awareness and to raise funds that go towards helping our members live more enriching lives through our services.
The 5th Annual Fundraising breakthrough House Golf Tournament was a huge success! Held at the Cypress Ridge Golf course on May 9, we were able to raise money to continue to offer our members with services to improve their social skills and independence.
Cash and/or prizes for:
● Flight winners
Hole prizes for:
● Closest to the pin
● Longest putt
● Longest drive (women's and men's)
● Closest to pin on 2nd shot
Dear Friends, Neighbors, Family Members, and People on my Running Route:
What better way to usher in the spring than to run a race in rural Kansas? And I found the perfect one! “Running with the Cows” Half-Marathon will take place in Bucyrus, Kansas, on May 11. The race is described as “an event for the whole family with rural rolling hills, serene asphalt course, fresh air, and a ridiculously awesome post-race buffet for EVERYONE to enjoy!” And what better way to make every mile count than to raise funds for Breakthrough House? I love to combine my joy of running and my advocacy for mental health.
BREAKTHROUGH HOUSE, INC. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit community agency established in 1978 to support the recovery of individuals with mental illness. A University of Kansas student met the internship requirement of her Master’s in Social Work and her efforts gave this organization its start. One of their three programs is the Breakthrough House Clubhouse.
The very first Clubhouse was started in New York in 1948, which has served as a model ever since for Clubhouses around the world. The Breakthrough House Clubhouse at 1201 SW Van Buren provides members a place to socialize and do various activities. They can work on crafts, enjoy a good, cooked meal at lunchtime with other members, quietly read a book, and participate in mental wellness meetings and trips to the store. Rides to and from the clubhouse are provided in the morning and afternoon. An average of 40 clubhouse members attend daily.
Your donation will help reach this year’s goal of International Clubhouse certification. Ashley Dill, Clubhouse Director, is “super excited” about the Clubhouse attaining certification, which allows additional funding for expanded services: to be open 7 days a week instead of 4, provide supper, have more full-time staff, and implement a transitional employment piece. There are many steps to take before the Clubhouse can be considered for certification, such as training for several staff members in St. Louis. Ashley is an Ambassador for the Greater Topeka Partnership through which she anticipates opportunities to grow Breakthrough House. To meet an additional need, Lynn Davis, the Executive Director, told me they are paying monthly on a roof that was much needed and that they now enjoy.
Will you consider a donation? Any amount would help.
With grateful appreciation,