June 6, 2021

Monthly Meetings Resume

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

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  • December 1, 2021

    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

  • April 20, 2020

    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:

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="205"] MARC member Bob Pavolini giving the blessing.[/caption]

    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

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="217"]MARC member Nancy Stewart helping out MARC member Nancy Stewart helping out[/caption]

    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.