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Camp Palmer: A Summer Tradition

Summer at Palmer Home for Children started off strong this year with our forty-ninth trip to Camp Palmer. While the late spring breezes blew cool over the campus, Palmer Home children mixed with children from the families of Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis for a week of horseback riding, nature hikes, arts and crafts activities, and […]

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Become a Hero

In January, a CNBC article predicted superhero movies could break the box office this year. From Batman to Wolverine to Wonder Woman and a whole host of characters in between, our culture has become a bit superhero-obsessed. We personally love the idea of being able to save the world from certain destruction. But the problem […]

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Sponsoring Relationships That Matter

Amy Brown and her family first encountered Josh as a teammate.  One of the Brown’s sons and Josh played baseball together for a summer.  She recalls watching the boys on the field and wondering if there might be a way her family could do more to invest in the life of the young man from […]

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Palmer Home Graduates Anticipate Bright Futures

This summer, high school students and their parents from all over the country will be touring colleges, pouring over class schedules and making big decisions about the future. Although the children at Palmer Home may come from differing backgrounds, their futures are just as bright. This year, three Palmer Home for Children residents graduated from […]

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The Answer

Years ago, when George Coxhead first heard about Palmer Home for Children, he never dreamed that it would one day become a part of his own family’s story.  He supported the mission, and even served on the board of directors to help guide the future of Palmer Home. Many years later, he and his wife […]

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Dedicated to the Future

The excitement of moving into a new house has an energy all its own—the smell of fresh paint, crisp clean features, and wide open rooms bursting with potential. Multiply that excitement by three families with a combined thirty children who have waited an entire year for this day, and you might have an idea of […]

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Connecting in the Classroom and at the Ball

Webster’s dictionary defines a mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide.”  For several youth at Palmer Home for Children, that guidance has come in the form of the Junior Auxiliary Mentors program (JAM). During the 2016-17 school year, ten members of the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus became mentors for a group of students at the […]

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Palmer Home Students Join in Joy Prom

A limousine ride, formal attire, a red carpet entrance and over-the-top decorations sounds like the perfect prom night for any high school student. For ninety-one special needs high school students, Joy Prom offered just that. Joy Prom, held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi, started six years ago as an opportunity for special […]

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President’s Report: Remembering, Caring, Showing Up

Everyone has a story. It’s what we do with our story—how we allow it to define us and how we take control of it—that determines the twists and turns and, ultimately, how our story ends. On April 18, at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi, Drake Bassett, President and CEO of Palmer Home for Children, […]

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Educating the Whole Child at Palmer School

If you step into the doors of the Palmer School on our Columbus campus, you’ll quickly realize it’s more than a building with classrooms.  A large table is positioned in a communal space with the elementary classes’ artwork visible everywhere you turn.  Down the hall, you’ll find several classrooms scattered with students in desks, on […]

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Meet Amber, Jonah’s Journey Caseworker

Meet Amber McClurkan, Jonah’s Journey Caseworker. Amber joined the Jonah’s Journey family in November of 2015 as a bright addition to our staff.  She grew up in Cookeville, just around the corner from our home office, and graduated from Tennessee Tech.  She now lives in East Nashville with her husband David, who is a Nurse […]

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Paying it Forward with The Big Payback

On May 3, Jonah’s Journey will join more than 750 Middle Tennessee nonprofits in a 24-hour giving campaign titled “The Big Payback”. In its fourth year, the event offers local nonprofits opportunities to share their platform in order to garner additional community support and donations. “The Big Payback offers Jonah’s Journey a unique opportunity to […]

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Four Ways to Care

“How can we help?” Business owners, volunteers, churches, and donors all ask us regularly what Palmer Home for Children needs most. We’ve held fundraisers. And you have answered by giving. We’ve mentioned on-campus repair needs. You’ve answered by sending missions teams. We’ve created lists of everyday items our children need. You’ve answered by bringing bags […]

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Meet Mark Taylor

Meet Mark Taylor, Vice President of Jonah’s Journey. Mark’s life has been characterized by an exceptional commitment to Christian service. He is currently a board member for the Church Mission Network ministering to Africa and Central America and is Chairman of Missions Team at The Glade Church of Mount Juliet, Tennessee.  He and his wife […]

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The Story Behind the Numbers

There’s an old adage that says, “Numbers don’t lie.”  While this may be true, at Palmer Home we usually prefer to tell the stories behind the numbers.  Once in a while, however, the numbers tell a story all on their own and, in this case, they reveal a very specific need. Over the past few […]

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3 Ways Your Church Can Support Jonah’s Journey

In the last few years, Palmer Home for Children has expanded its ministry of caring for children through residential care to include foster care in the states of Mississippi and Tennessee.  Jonah’s Journey began as a ministry to provide temporary or long-term care for children born to incarcerated women.  However, today caregivers through Jonah’s journey […]

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What Makes Jonah’s Journey Unique

At Palmer Home for Children, we’re reimagining and redesigning our approach to foster care through Jonah’s Journey. Whether placed in foster care through a state agency or a private care provider, children in foster care often come from difficult places. They need a stable environment and loving home where they can begin to experience healing […]

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Standing in the Gap

Standing on the subway platform in London’s railway station as the train pulls into view, you’ll hear a repeated warning from their intercom system: “Mind the gap.” It’s referring to the space between the train car and the platform.  It serves as a reminder that if you are not mindful of the place between where […]

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Meet Jonah’s Journey

Meet Jonah’s Journey: Palmer Home for Children’s answer to the Mississippi state foster care crisis. Founded in Nashville nearly a decade ago, Jonah’s Journey served as an alternative to state foster care for children born to incarcerated women. These mothers were presented with the opportunity to place their child with a willing caregiver family rather […]

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A Mississippi Miracle

In March of 2004, a battle began over the rights of abused and neglected children in the state of Mississippi. Today, the struggle rages on, as Mississippi fights to restore a broken system. The New York Times revealed the dismal story in a recent article, detailing the patterns of negligence that led to the clash […]

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