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Breakthrough House Inc

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews 849

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Address:

525 SW Topeka Blvd Topeka KS 66603 USA

Mission:

"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."

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785.232.6807
www.breakthroughhouse.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a client of BTH for more than five years. Without the assistance of the kind staff at BTH I would struggle very much in my daily living. The staff help me to succeed and to reach for my potential. They go above and beyond and work extra hours many times to help the clients get the services they need. I am also a mental health advocate and share a lot about BTH through social media and a blog. The reason I do this is I believe the work of BTH needs to be applauded and recognized. I am so thankful for everyone at BTH. Their compassion and the respect they have shown me means more than I can express.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Because of my desire to support mental health recovery and because I had learned about the work of Breakthrough House and the many lives they help, I chose in 2014 to raise funds via running the Los Angeles Marathon. I couldn't believe the support I received from that organization! The effort was celebrated from the start to finish of the fundraising. I had the time of my life! I couldn't help but think seriously of repeating last year's "fun-raising" and, indeed, I did choose to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Half-Marathon for Breakthrough House. I had a beautiful send-off from the members of the Clubhouse. They had a wonderful luncheon and gifts and most of all--encouragement. What beautiful spirits were exemplified as they shared. Their words came to me as I ran a tough race. These are people worth supporting every way possible and dedicated board members and employees. I have seen how much they care and I celebrate the work that they do. No longer is mental illness something to be ashamed of. We realize it is an illness that can be treated. No longer do we think mental illness is something to be stabilized and endured. There is recovery. That means we concentrate on the positives and the strengths. it is a new day in mental health recovery and I am thankful for the dedication of all those associated with Breakthrough House.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fifteen years ago, I worked for Breakthrough House as a "house parent." It was the most rewarding experience I've had. Every client brought a different set of "willingnesses" and "capabilities" to every communal activity. This is what made it both rewarding and challenging. One didn't like the dinner. One loved the dinner, but didn't want to set the table. One wanted to set the table, but didn't want to do the dishes. Some wanted to do menu planning. Some did not. Some wanted to help with meal preparation. Some did not. Balancing these unique demands - and working through them with the give and take that's vital to a family experience is what made Breakthrough House so special to me. Some of these clients had never experienced "give and take" and - as a result - had never enjoyed the feeling of "getting" from another in one arena or "giving" to another in a different arena.
This kind of living experience - and challenging clients to strive as if they had nothing to lose - is the model for success in my never-to-be humble opinion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life as a professional since leaving Breakthrough House.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish that organizations like Breakthrough House were afforded more flexibility to carry its vision through.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the BTH Board for a little more than 3 years now. In addition I am serving as Treasurer (3rd term) Very interesting and challenging experience.
Of course our main focus is on financials and the continuing stability of the agency. Given the current economic crisis, this issue is a long on-going discussion which commands most of our efforts.
It has been my good fortune to be able to work with fellow Board members who are both focused and dedicated to helping BTH grow. BTH staff has also been very inovative and hard working. Have much enjoyed the action and challenge.

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Fund raising (Monopoly Tournament) and increased services for members/rsidents of the agency

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding and provide new and better designed residential facilities.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Breakthrough House is a wonderful place! I feel so priviledged to have the opportunity to help such a great organization! The consumers, staff & supporters are truly amazing. Thank you Breakthrough House!

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I love seeing the consumers thrive! They are valuable members of the community!

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Encourage the community to further embrace this organization by volunteering!

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