CITC’s Chanlyut re-entry support program is a three month program for men who want increase life skills and maintain sobriety.
Structured as a family inside the Chanlyut residence, the program works in partnership with Alaska’s People with a focus of preparing men for gaining essential work and life skills while obtaining independence and connecting to employment and housing.
Participants actively engage in communal living in a group setting offering awareness of personal behaviors, strengths, areas of needed growth, communication, interpersonal and family relationships, and community involvement.
The program is built upon the belief that with time and effort, people can make positive change. Structured as a family, the program provides employment, peer-to-peer support, and education and job training.
Participants reside in the program’s Chanlyut house (pronounced “shawn-loot,” Dena’ina Athabascan for “new beginnings”) and participate in substance-use treatment and work therapy through one of the program’s micro businesses.
The Chanlyut program promotes a self-help process of growth and interdependence through the tenet that individuals must take responsibility for their own actions and create viable options for their future. The program prepares participants for life through active learning, behavioral values, and the work skills needed to live effectively in the community as a leader with a positive influence.
Chanlyut emphasizes culturally-relevant approaches and traditional values with a focus on transitional planning for overall wellness, including:
- integrity and self-esteem, with purpose and direction in life
- work ethic, the importance of self-reliance, and the dignity of earning one’s own way in the world
- helping others as a central means to feeling good about one’s self
Upon completion, participants have the opportunity to transfer into supportive housing to continue to build upon the skills needed to promote long-term recovery and successful re-integration into the community.
The Chanlyut program is open to all men who are ready to work hard to take accountability for their lives, and is particularly sensitive to and culturally relevant for Alaska Native men.
For more information on Chanlyut and re-entry support, please contact (907) 793-3200.