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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

3 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.

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.


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.