April 20, 2020

Getting Ahead Graduation

Friday 2/21/2020 a graduation ceremony and luncheon was held in the Quick Beds Visitation Center at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF). There was a total of 9 graduates. Due to early release only seven were able to be present. Family members were also invited and some were able to attend.

Superintendent Ron King spoke as well as Getting Ahead Facilitators Scarlett Larkin and Amy Blair. Each graduate spoke at the podium. Much to our surprise all eight graduates performed a “praise song” at the end of the speeches. This was an exceptional and very talented group of ladies who worked hard to understand their individual situations and make plans for their release.

CMCF Superintendent Ron King, Facilitators Scarlett Larkin and Amy Blair

Below are two of the seven exceptional speeches that were given:

MARC member Bob Pavolini giving the blessing.

Getting Ahead by Patty Lewellen

I’ve been locked up 5 years in this pen

Doing time for my sin

When they came to me about this class

Well I said, “it sounds real nice”

Little did I know just how far I would go

But now I have a 72 hour plan

So I won’t be back again

The ladies here have been so nice

They taught me things about my life

Not just what I see

But what they have seen in me

I read a story from this book

That makes me take a closer look

Make things right, while you still can

You many not get this chance again!

“My Destiny” by Brittnei Farmer

They say everything happens for a reason

And that nothing happens by chance

Even the trials we go through

And our hardest circumstance

It has all been predestined

To be where we are today

But regardless of what has happened

God is leading the way

One of my favorite scriptures

Is about trusting God with all my heart

Not just when things are good

But also when everything is falling apart

I never expected to end up

Behind these prison walls

But God will get your attention

When you don’t answer His calls

We cannot predict the future

Or see what lies ahead

But we can prepare for the unfortunate

And be proactive instead

This is why I chose classes

To get my life back on track

You must stay busy in here

Because Satan is always on the attack

Getting Ahead While Getting Out

Was the perfect class for me

The topics were very helpful

Especially about budgeting

Other topics addressed in the workbook

Were about situations in the zone

Then it came to my realization

That the books stories had become my own

Mrs. Amy and Mrs. Scarlett were very encouraging

And prepared me for my return in society

But what touched my heart the most

is they saw no stripes, they just saw me

So because of them I feel I still have a chance

To be whatever I want to be

I will take everything this class had to offer

Until the day I am set free

On the tables were pyramid center pieces, little bags of trail mix, and Hershey Kisses.

The pyramid represent a strong structure which can not be pushed down. The words on the pyramid represents the path these ladies have followed to plan their future. The gold crane on top is a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. The trail mix is for fortification on your trail to success, and the gold kisses are for all the love and hugs we have share

MARC member Nancy Stewart helping out

MARC member Nancy Stewart helping out

Cheese, Veggie and Fruit platters were served along with Fried Chicken, ice tea and cake.

Being a Getting Ahead Facilitator is a very rewarding Ministry and a lot of FUN! We look forward to getting to know and working with many more individuals who seek to assess and plan their future upon release.

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    Our December day of training was postponed due to severe weather. Stay tuned for a new training date to be posted soon. Become a part of the work of MARC! We will be resuming re-entry classes in the prisons this January, and we need more people to help prepare incarcerated men and women to "Get Ahead While Getting Out." Make plans to attend Questions? Call Bob @ 334-717-0890 or Marvin @601-594-8254.

  • June 6, 2021

    Monthly Meetings are open to everyone.
    All are welcome. Join us to learn more about what we do and how you can help.

    NOTE: We will not hold regular meetings in November or December. We are planning a training day to build the team of volunteers working with those who are preparing for release. We will be resuming those re-entry classes in the prisons this January, and we need more people to helping prepare incarcerated men and women to "Get Ahead While Getting Out." Make plans to attend Questions? Call Bob @ 334-717-0890 or Marvin @601-594-8254.

    Monthly meetings are held at:
    St. Paul Catholic Church
    5971 Hwy 25
    Flowood MS  39232

  • June 6, 2021

    Monthly Meetings are held the First Monday of the Month (*except holidays)
    All are welcome. Join us to learn more.

    Next Meeting:
    Date to be determined!
    St. Paul Catholic Church
    5971 Hwy 25
    Flowood MSĀ  39232