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Breakthrough House Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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 39 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: 430+ 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

15 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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I applaud the work of Breakthrough House! They provide valuable services to those with mental illness. I have personally observed the care and concern with which they serve their clients.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House (BTH) has been serving persons with severe and persistent mental illness since 1978. The "flagship" of BTH is the Clubhouse where members support one another in a community of mutual respect. The Clubhouse has no clinical staff and BTH is not reimbursed by Medicare of Medicaid for services provided.

I am a former member of the BTH Board of Directors, but my role now is to provide whatever financial support I can. I know first hand that the bulk of my support will go toward direct services and not to inflated administrative costs.

Dina P.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House plays a major role in helping adults with mental illness lead better and more productive lives. Many of its residents/members would be without any daily resources if BTH did not exist. This is an excellent organization and is a vital part of the non-profit community in Topeka.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Staff are very kind and compassionate. They are also very skilled in dealing with clients that are severely and persistently mentally ill. Breakthrough has several programs to meet the needs of this population such as the clubhouse, housing, and the payee program.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House is a wonderful nonprofit that works with adults with mental illness. I worked at the Breakthrough House main office as well as the residential homes when I was working on my Master's in Social Work. The work done at Breakthrough House is inspiring to both staff and clients. Breakthrough House offers superb services by professional, friendly and courteous staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Breakthrough House has been helpful to me because I get to feel what it's like to be cared for, have friends, and people their for me. I also get to feel a sense a hope when I am here because I don't know what to do when I am by myself. The staff really care about my needs and whats going on in my life. They care about my mental and physical well-being.
Chelsea G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Betty Patton, and I have been with Breakthrough House for about 30 years. Breakthrough has helped me to come out of my shell. I love that place. They have helped me overcome my depression. We do alot of activities and outings. We have different groups such as Life Skills, Journaling, Wellness Group, and Arts n' Crafts is good therapy for me too.

Rebecca142

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

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!