Dressing for success

Anchorage men’s clothing and accessory retailer Men’s Wearhouse has chosen Chanlyut to be the recipients of its local fourth annual national suit drive. Donors of gently used professional attire during the month of August will receive a 50 percent discount on their next suit purchase.

Chanlyut is a Dena’ina Athabascan word that means new beginnings. It is also Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s two-year residential, vocational and educational program in Anchorage that gives individuals who have committed crimes and served their time opportunities they need to get a fresh start and gain the skills and experience that will empower them to survive – and thrive – in the mainstream world.

The Chanlyut program provides a supportive community and structured environment that helps adult men of all ages overcome the challenges of addiction, homelessness and/or reentering society after incarceration. On any given day, these men prepare food and operate the stylish and commercially successful Mountain View Diner in north Anchorage.

Chanlyut’s other programs include catering service, landscaping and lawn maintenance, moving and building maintenance services. The Men’s Wearhouse’s donation of appropriate professional attire will help ease Chanlyut participants’ transition to job searches and interviews after they graduate from the program. Learn more about Chanlyut at www.chanlyut.com.