Community House

A residence for people returning home from prison.

FirstFollowers has partnered with the Housing Authority of Champaign County to open FirstSteps Community House, a transitional residence for people coming home from men's prisons. The house officially opened in December of 2019. 

FirstSteps offers a program for success. Our FirstFollowers peer mentors, who have been through the criminal justice system themselves and found that path to success, will support each resident on their journey back into the community. The house will be rent free for those who are admitted. 

If you are in prison and coming home soon, if you have a loved one or a friend who wants to be released from prison to Champaign County and needs a place to live, contact us.

You can get applications via email, letter, pick one up at our drop-in center or download a copy below. 

Email us:



PO Box 8923 

Champaign, IL 61826

Visit our Drop-in Center* located inside

Bethel AME Church:

401 E Park St. 

Champaign IL 61820

*Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

You can make a donation to FirstSteps at the link below.

FirstSteps Community House would not have been possible without the generous support of the following organizations. To them we express our sincerest gratitude. 

Bethel AME Church

Carter's Furniture

Central Illinois Mosque & Islamic Center,

        especially Omar Jadallah

Church Women United

First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana

Housing Authority of Champaign County

Ministerial Alliance

Muslim American Society of Urbana-Champaign

Slumberland Furniture

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign


Bethel AME Church

401 E Park St. Champaign IL United States 61820


P.O. Box 8923 Champaign, IL 61826



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