1200 South Carbon Street · Marion, Illinois
Faith Development – 9:00 AM * Worship Service – 10:30 AM

Green Re-entry Opportunities (GRO)

Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens

Marion First Presbyterian Church provides space for the community garden that the Lutheran Social Services uses in Marion for its prisoner Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens. The returning citizens plant, maintain, and harvest the community garden. The harvest helps to feed their families and other families in need through local feeding programs.


Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens is a multi-faceted program that supports people released from prison—returning citizens—as they transition back into the community. Re-entry Services connect returning citizens to needed supportive assistance and helps them successfully adjust to living back in their community. All of the core components are designed to provide transitioning individuals with job knowledge and experience, a support system, and a stable life.