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Bill Tsurnos hails from New Mexico and has served as Chanlyut’s program director since 2008. Bill is a graduate of Delancey Street, the program that Chanlyut is modeled after.

Bill Tsurnos
Chanlyut Program Director

Bill Tsurnos knows from experience that when a man leaves prison, the odds are stacked against him. By his own estimate, he’s served 22 years for a variety of crimes. “I had a good family, but somewhere along the line I chose street gangs and criminals over that,” Bill recalls.

All that changed, though, when Bill entered San Francisco’s Delancey Street program in 1993. “After Delancey Street, I learned I like helping people,” said Bill. “I changed what I thought gave me a good feeling—using heroin—into being a good person, and that’s what really does it for me.” … More

After graduating from Delancey Street in 2001, Kevin Reihl began to see his talent for supporting others in their journeys to recovery. Kevin applied his efforts with an intensive outpatient program for youth, followed by an inpatient treatment center in Taos, New Mexico, before joining Chanlyut as assistant program director in July.

After graduating from Delancey Street in 2001, Kevin Reihl began to see his talent for supporting others in their journeys to recovery. Kevin applied his efforts with an intensive outpatient program for youth, followed by an inpatient treatment center in Taos, New Mexico, before joining Chanlyut as assistant program director in July.

Kevin Riehl
Asst. Program Director

In the fall of 1997, Kevin Riehl took a Greyhound bus from Denver to Espaniola, New Mexico.

His great-aunt, a substance abuse counselor in Texas, had told him about a two-year residential program called Delancey Street, and Kevin kept calling until they gave him an interview. “Basically,” he says, “I begged.”

The structure and peer support of Delancey Street helped him gain the upper hand in long-term battles with substance abuse and homelessness.  … More