Mission: "To empower individuals with mental illness to function more independently in their social, living and working environments and to make available decent, safe, and affordable housing for them in Shawnee County."
Results: Breakthrough House, Inc. has been in operation for 38+ years, and has supported thousands of individuals living with a mental illness through the years. Breakthrough House, Inc. is committed to helping consumers reach and remain independent in all facets of their lives, while being there to support our consumers through any peaks and valleys that may be experienced. We are the cushion to their blows, the shelter from the storms in their lives. Breakthrough House is here for our consumers.
Target demographics: individuals with severe and persistant mental illness to lead enriched, independent lives.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 400+ individuals
Geographic areas served: Topeka, Kansas
Programs: a daytime Clubhouse with activities, support, a good lunch; safe & secure residential housing; and a representative payee service to ensure basic needs are met like housing, food and medication.
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.
Breakthrough House gives people who struggle with mental illness many helpful services: a club where they can socialize and have a meal, attend groups, a payee program and apartments and group home settings.