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Leading Children Through Fearful and Uncertain Situations

Leading Children Through Fearful and Uncertain Situations  Many children went back to school only to be sent home for virtual learning days later, uncertain when they’ll get to return in-person. Others are watching the news and trying to make sense of the current situation in Afghanistan. Across the country and world are devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, […]

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Ninth Annual Radiothon Sets New Record

On Thursday, July 15, we hosted our ninth annual Radiothon with our amazing partner SuperTalk Mississippi. Not only was the day an incredible opportunity to share Palmer Home with thousands of Mississippians, the event raised a record-setting $334,563.76 for our mission! Over the past nine years, Radiothon has raised more than $2 million for Palmer […]

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Summer Fun at Palmer Home

Summer Fun at Palmer Home Summer is in full swing at Palmer Home, and we wanted to share the fun the children have been having – thanks to the generosity of donors like you. When you give to Palmer Home, you’re not only providing for children’s basic needs like food and shelter, but also ensuring […]

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Building for Generations to Come: The Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center

Building for Generations to Come  After years of patience, prayer, hard work and generous support, we officially broke ground on the Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center on our Campus last month. To me, the exciting thing about the wellness center is the opportunity for our children and our staff to have a place to […]

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Sky Lake Construction Helps Palmer Home Raise More than $100k at Mudbug Bash

On Saturday, April 17th,  Palmer Home hosted our 17th annual Mudbug Bash, and the party was different than any other from seasons’ past. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Mudbug Bash was an in-person evening event. That traditional format wasn’t possible in 2020, so last year’s event was strictly to-go (imagine a crawfish drive-thru!). This year, our team […]

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Equipping Moms and Supporting Children: Palmer Home Family Care

Equipping Moms and Supporting Children: Palmer Home Family Care Our Family Care program provides nurturing care for infants of incarcerated mothers, but did you know it does so much more than that? In addition to helping provide loving homes for newborns with the goal of reunification after a mother’s sentence, our case managers serve both […]

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Three Core Values to Help Children Thrive

Much has changed since Palmer Home was founded in 1895. But the question, “How can we better serve the children in our care?” has always been central to our mission. We are constantly evolving so we can provide superior care to the children and families we serve. As part of this evolution, we developed Whole […]

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Meet the Harrisons and the McGehees, Palmer Home Houseparents

Meet the Harrisons and the McGehees, Palmer Home Houseparents Palmer Home is seeking houseparents for our Hernando campus! Houseparents care for a cottage of eight to 10 children, supporting each child’s educational, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. To help you learn more about the role and the amazing houseparents on our team, we wanted to […]

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Thank You For Everything

During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we received an unexpected phone call. On the line was Mr. Jonathan Houston, a Palmer Home alumnus and now a successful businessman who wanted to make a donation. “Palmer Home did a lot for me,” he told us. “I want to give back.” Mr. Houston graciously shared […]

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At Christmas, All is Bright at Palmer Home

In a year filled with uncertainty, my hope is that this Christmas will shine all the brighter. The darkness of 2020 has made me that much more grateful for Palmer Home and our mission to bring hope, joy and peace to vulnerable children and families. At Palmer Home, we are blessed to have the opportunity […]

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Supporter Spotlight: Kerri Sowell Uses Nursing Skills for Jonah’s Journey

Kerri Sowell remembers fondly when Jonah’s Journey was in its beginning stages. As a trusted nurse, she was called to help Jonah when he had a cough. After that moment, Kerri began fielding more phone calls with questions from caregivers and birthmothers. When Jonah’s Journey officially launched in 2008, Kerri fondly remembers sitting in a […]

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Soaring Nashville Housing Market Leaves Crisis for Women with Criminal Record

For homeowners in Nashville, Tennessee, the current housing market offers an incredible return on their investment. For mothers in Nashville who placed a child with Jonah’s Journey while they completed a prison sentence, the market offers a major barrier to creating a stable life with their child. In 2017, Zillow ranked Nashville as the #1 […]

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New State Laws Ease Restrictions on Employment for Residents with Criminal Record

The majority of Americans skim over the little black box on employment applications that asks applicants to mark if they have a criminal history. For the nearly one-third of Americans with a criminal record, however, this one question causes hesitation. For a woman anticipating release from the Tennessee Prison for Women and reunification with the […]

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Respite Caregivers Provide Support to Newly Released Mothers, Full-Time Caregivers

Rosie McClurkan laughs as she talks about the disparity between her long-time career as an auditor for the Tennessee Department of Revenue and her weekend work as a respite caregiver for Jonah’s Journey. Despite the vast differences, both areas prove to be fulfilling and fruitful. “If I can do this, anybody can do this,” says […]

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Jonah’s Journey is Participating in The Big Payback

The Big Payback annual giving day is returning on Wednesday, May 2, and Jonah’s Journey is excited to take part in this monumental event. The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide giving day that celebrates Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and supports the life-changing work of area nonprofits. Kicking […]

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What Happens After Incarceration?

Just as every mother’s path to Jonah’s Journey is different, so is her path when her incarceration ends. Many women leave incarceration with nothing at all – no clothes, home, money, job, or support system. With help from Jonah’s Journey, she will have her most basic needs met, love and support from a team, and […]

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How Jonah’s Journey Brings Hope for Families of Opioid Crisis

If you do a quick internet search of “opioid use and foster care crisis,” you’ll find page after page of articles lamenting the children whose families and safety have become casualties of the rise in opioid addiction that has recently been declared a national crisis. Startling statistics detail the increased need for foster care corresponding […]

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Meet Allyson, Jonah’s Journey Caseworker.

Meet Allyson Greene, Jonah’s Journey Caseworker. Allyson officially joined the Jonah’s Journey staff in 2014, but Jonah’s Journey has been a part of her own story for many years.  When she was a teen, her family became among the first to get involved with the ministry as voluntary caregivers to children in need. As such, […]

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Tidings of Comfort and Joy

God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ our Saviour Was born upon this day, To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy. You’ve no doubt heard or perhaps even sung the […]

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Meet Christy, Home Study Specialist

Meet Christy Johnston, Jonah’s Journey Home Study Specialist. Christy has been with Jonah’s Journey for 2.5 years.  Having grown up in the Nashville area, she loves being able to serve the community that she knows so well.  Christy resides in Goodlettsville with her husband of 15 years, John, and their son Graycen (10) and daughter […]

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