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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: "Empowering our consumers to live independent, impactful lives."

Results: Breakthrough House, Inc. has been in operation for 40 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: 500+ 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.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people at Breakthrough House Inc are dedicated to the individuals that they serve. They go above and beyond to improve the quality of life of their clients, and treat each person with dignity and respect.

Rebecca142

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The representative payee services at Breakthrough House are incredible!! Kathy Cheatham and BJ truly care about the clients they serve. I have referred several of my friends to the payee program at BTH and they have each been pleased. Lynn Davis and my mom Claire have worked on several fundraisers with my mom running about three marathons all over the nation to raise funds for BTH. My mom and I see the work of Kathy and others like BJ and Theresa Douthart every day. BTH is a huge asset to the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a recent supporter of BTH. I have the good fortune to deliver Public Library services to the clients there. So I get an unique window on the way BTH operates. There is a caring staff. The people who use the organization on a regular basis, are friendly, and all take great pride and ownership in what is their place. In short I'm very impressed with all that goes on there.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Breakthrough House is a great place and offers lots of services and gives consumers the chance to connect with others. Breakthrough Clubhouse has great staff members and its key here. I'm a older consumer and i enjoy coming to the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse offers me an opportunity to "vent my stack" and listen to others. The Clubhouse offers neat meals, outings and with support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoy being around others and working with volunteers and Clubhouse staff to make the Clubhouse presentable. I respect all the staff and no problem at all with them and enjoy working with them. I enjoy working in the kitchen and helping Jean and making the kitchen look good. I give all the support to Breakthrough Clubhouse and I enjoy coming here with other consumers and the volunteers, along with the staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student at Washburn University and I am also a part of the LinC - Bonner Scholars Program. This program focuses on social change, social justice, and community involvement. I chose to volunteer at the Breakthrough House Clubhouse and I LOVE IT!! I love what the clubhouse does and they provide other programs outside of the clubhouse itself. I can tell that it is making a huge difference in the mental health community. The members are great and fun to be around! From the first day I have been pleasantly surprised with my experience and it exceeded y initial expectations. The staff is also very nice, caring, and supportive. The relationships that I am making with the members is really special!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Breakthrough House gives you a place to go to socialize and share lives problems with other consumers. I find it easier to talk to the staff sometimes than the clients. The meetings are conversational and gives you something to do with your day and activities. I enjoy watching the art in the art room and look at the walls with pictures that have been created. The Thrift store is awesome place to buy used clothes and the ability to look around and kitchen ware is good to have. The meals are delicious and accommodate for the weather. I participate and volunteer in small repair jobs and have the ability to be successful and its satisfying. This ability helps the Clubhouse and it saves lots of money. I enjoy donating my time and abilities. I also donate when I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Breakthrough Clubhouse is always here for me whenever I'm having symptoms of my illness. They all understand what I'm going through and they ease and support me through the rough times to feel better. This helps me get back to my normal, happy, pleasant self. The staff is really excellent with dealing with people with mental illness and they truly understand and comfort you. They never tease, degrade, your feelings and they make you feel like a normal human being. This is the reason we need a Clubhouse and I am speaking for my self and other members here at the Clubhouse.

Dina P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don’t know what Topeka would do without this organization. There’s a clubhouse where those who struggle with mental illness can go to socialize, have a bite to eat and have some companionship. Housing is available and a safe environment is provided.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great program that helps people suffering with symptoms of mental illness. This program helps people rebuild their life through job training and providing social opportunities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Breakthrough is well known and well respected in our community. They do a great job helping individuals with severe mental illness integrate and be successful in the community. They provide an array of support options including clubhouse and residential with supports in between. Many of our joint consumers rely on them greatly and consider the clubhouse a 2nd home. Topeka is lucky to have them as a resource!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My current situation is this. I have an apartment I have been living there for three years. I have graduated from case management, I do volunteer work for the Rescue Mission--I now use the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and take out books and I also graduated from Washburn Tech for being an Auto Mechanic.

Breakthrough House has, through its membership, given me Mental Health support for 7 years. We have great people working with the members to help them function in the community with success,
This is a great Mental Health program. The social support that I receive has made a real difference in my life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to socialize with other members of the clubhouse

Client Served

Rating: 3

Breakthrough House has helped me increase my circle of friends. It has helped me look forward to not staying in bed all day and dealing with my depression. It helps to have the different groups going and helps provide different activities throughout the day. Breakthrough House serves a lunch and its great nutritional benefit and if I was alone or at home I probably would not eat that day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to go and meet new People and have great groups

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House as an organization as a whole have kind and very knowledgeable and caring professionals. Breakthrough House has spent years caring and supporting adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Breakthrough House has many helpful and engaging services that bring the very best out in our consumers today. They are a great organization and their service and opportunities are very much so needed in our community today!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House is a great organization that helps support members with mental illness. We come to the Clubhouse to keep our minds occupied and socialize with friends. We help out each other and that’s important always.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House is the best place to come for mental health illnesses. It helps people to get jobs and to have a special way of living including meeting new friends. There are alot of clerical jobs around here and its very helpful to other members. We have good support and staff that works with mentally ill.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BTH of Topeka is an awesome nonprofit that works with individuals in the community who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The services offered include a payee program, a residential program, and a clubhouse where meals are served and time is available for socializing. The staff are phenomenal as well as volunteers who make the program possible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The Clubhouse Manager and staff are rude to their clientele. Not very friendly or welcoming. The staff speak to the members as though they are stupid and uneducated. Not a very positive place to go for a person with mental illness.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House is a great resource for affordable housing for people with mental health challenges. Their houses are clean and well kept and the staff is caring and kind.