Founding & Growth
People Can Change was founded in September 2000 by Rich Wyler, a man who had personally experienced enormous transformation from unwanted homosexual attractions. Originally, People Can Change was essentially a Web site containing personal success stories of men who had experienced change, plus online support groups for those who were struggling and seeking information and support.
People Can Change grew further in 2002 when David Matheson, a therapist specializing in "gender affirming therapy," joined Rich to co-create the first Journey Into Manhood experiential healing weekends.
Since that time, more than 2,000 men from more than 45 U.S. states and more than 40 countries have found tremendous healing and growth through the Journey Into Manhood weekend program. A 2007 survey of past participants found that 4 out of 5 reported a decrease in unwanted homosexual attractions when surveyed 6 months to 5½ years later, and more than half reported an increase in heterosexual attractions.
In 2009, People Can Change introduced a complementary weekend experience for women married to same-sex attracted men. Called A Wife's Healing Journey, the program has likewise had a powerfully positive impact on many wives and their marriages.
People Can Change was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the US state of Virginia in 2002 and was recognized by the US government in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
(See also: "An Accidental Founder: Step by Step" on the People Can Change blog.)