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.
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
Central Illinois Mosque & Islamic Center,
especially Omar Jadallah
Church Women United
First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana
Housing Authority of Champaign County
Muslim American Society of Urbana-Champaign
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign