Give a Suit, Change a Life
Your gift of professional attire will make a world of difference in July
“At Chanlyut, we help men develop the life skills they need and prepare them for working a good job every day, but sometimes they need that extra push,” said Bill Tsurnos, Program Director for Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s (CITC) Chanlyut program. “Wearing a nice suit gives the men confidence in themselves and makes them feel important. They look in the mirror and they don’t just see themselves; they see what they can become.”
Thanks to community donations for the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive, the men of Chanlyut will have that opportunity once again this summer. For the seventh consecutive year, CITC’s Chanlyut program is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to support the self-confidence and potential of men working hard for a second chance.
“At Chanlyut, change happens from the outside in. If the men look good, they feel good, and their behavior changes,” Tsurnos said.
The annual Suit Drive collects clean, gently used men’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes, and can be dropped off July 1–31 at Anchorage Men’s Wearhouse locations at 601 E. Dimond Boulevard and 1130 N. Muldoon Rd #110 in Tikahtnu Commons. Suits and apparel in larger sizes are especially needed.
Nationally, Men’s Wearhouse partners with more than 150 non-profit organizations to collect and distribute articles of professional clothing. During the past five years, Men’s Wearhouse has collected over 900,000 donations of clothing in support of unemployed individuals seeking to re-enter the workforce. In appreciation for their support of the Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse customers will receive 50 percent off regular price on their next purchase. *
Chanlyut (“shawn-loot,” Dena’ina Athabascan for “new beginnings”) is a two-year residential, vocational, and re-educational program in Anchorage offering a new beginning for men facing the challenges of addiction, homelessness and/or reentering society after incarceration.
Modeled after San Francisco’s successful Delancey Street Foundation, Chanlyut is organized as a family, providing a structured, yet self-governed path for participants to achieve a better quality of life. The program emphasizes individual growth through hard work and commitment to change, as well as taking personal responsibility for one’s actions.
For many participants, Chanlyut provides their first real-world job experience. Donations of professional attire are vital support for participants preparing for their lives beyond the program, and the clothing fosters confidence in their continuing ability to make positive change each day.
* Excludes Exceptional Value and custom items, shoes and clearance