Not a positive experience so far. Breakthrough house residence next doir to my residence is a mess. The resident is being taken advantage of by an assortment of unsavory people off the street. I have spoken to the Topeka director abd the police and little to nothing has been done to correct the situation. Other neighbors have also complained about the trash and piles of personal belongings these people leave on the property and in the alley. Clearly more needs to be done to control and protect the resident.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.