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About The Chanlyut Program

about_lesterOur Mission is to foster change in individuals through recognizing personal responsibility, individual contribution and the attainability of success.

A Commitment to Change

Chanlyut is a residential, vocational and educational program. It provides a structured, yet self-governed path for participants to overcome the serious challenges of addiction, homelessness and/or reentering society after incarceration.

Organized as a family and emphasizing peer-to-peer support, Chanlyut embodies a philosophy of personal growth through hard work, commitment to change and personal responsibility for our actions. Modeled after the successful Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco, Chanlyut is built on the belief that lasting change can begin with everyday thought and action.

The program focuses on active learning—behavior, values and work skills—rather than intensive therapy. By behaving as successful, positive, contributing members of society, participants learn to believe in their ability to truly become the men they strive to be. This change takes time, as recovery is a lifelong process.

Thank you 2014 Chanlyut donors and supporters!

In addition to room, board and clothing for all residents, Chanlyut provides a community environment in which residents develop the skills needed to make meaningful change in their lives through their own actions and choices. Chanlyut’s staff are present 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer experienced role modeling and provide structure for this individual-level change.

Chanlyut is a pathway for those who are ready to take accountability and work hard to rebuild their lives. The program provides culturally responsive services especially relevant for Alaska Native men, who are disproportionately represented in Alaska’s justice system and substance abuse treatment programs.

While Chanlyut is currently open only to men, the program has the goal to extend services to women in the near future.