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FirstFollowers is a community based organization that operates a drop-in center located at Bethel A.M.E. Church which is located at 401 E. Park Street in Champaign, IL.


Although we are not a religious based program, Bethel's pastor, Larry Lewis, and his congregation has blessed us with a safe nurturing space that allows us to administer to the needs of the community.


Our hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thurdays from 1 pm to 5 pm. Please drop-in to see us!

Mission Statement

First Followers’ mission is to build strong and peaceful communities by providing support, guidance, and hope to formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones through peer mentorship.

Our organization offers:

  • A safe stigma free environment

  • Peer mentoring

  • Assistance with employment searches

  • Job readiness training

  • Advocacy for individuals with felony convictions

  • Family reunification

  • Service referrals


Bethel AME Church

401 E Park St. Champaign IL United States 61820


P.O. Box 8923 Champaign, IL 61826



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