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Relief Houseparents Support Children, Other Caregivers at Palmer Home

When the need arises for Palmer Home for Children to recruit new houseparents, existing houseparents are often the best recruitment resource. Houseparents feel passionate about their important roles in the lives of the children in their care and it is evident to those around them. Take Josh and Brittany House for example. The Houses served […]

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Aging out: helping teens enter adulthood

Permanency is the goal in any placement. Every child needs a family—not only in childhood, but beyond. But what happens when a child is aging out of a foster care or group home environment? “Their biggest fear is not knowing what to do,” says Ebone Kimber, program director of Children’s Aid Society in Birmingham, Alabama. […]

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Twenty Years of Caregiving Offers Many Success Stories for Hyde Family

Days are full for Mike and Marjorie Hyde, dedicated Palmer Home houseparents on the Columbus campus.  Between caring for the children in their home and supporting them in their extracurricular actives and appointments, the Hydes see the vast advantages for caring for children in this special way. After eighteen years as houseparents, the Hydes have […]

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Whole Child Initiative – Providing the Best Possible Care

A key component of Whole Child  Initiative is the  Whole Child Review, a meeting that brings together each person who serves the child. The Whole Child Review identifies a child’s strengths and needs. If a child is struggling, team members brainstorm about ways to address their underlying needs to help the child learn and grow. “Instead […]

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Mississippi Business Grows Hope and Plants Trees on Palmer Home’s Campus

Throughout the year, mission teams assist Palmer Home with maintenance and beautification work around both the Columbus and Hernando campuses.  Their dedication allows us to offer children who come to our campus a beautiful, safe space while focusing more of our resources on the children’s needs. Mission teams and Palmer Partners, like Chad Robertson, owner […]

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Let’s Connect: Multiple Ways to Support the Mission of Palmer Home

Spring is here and the promise of new life is evident in fresh and tangible ways.  Outside we see birds building nests to give shelter to their delicate eggs, flower buds popping up ready to flood the landscape with vibrant colors and scents, and even determined blades of grass pushing up through cracks in the […]

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MudBug Bash Voted #1 Charity Event by Desoto’s Best

  Crawfish, music, and spring mean it’s time for Palmer Home’s annual MudBug Bash in Hernando, Mississippi. Voted the #1 charity event by Desoto’s Best, MudBug kicks off Desoto’s spring party season on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Mudbug Bash is a festive Southern-styled outdoor event filled with great food, libations, live music and the […]

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Matt and Amber Harrison: The Freedom of Surrender

When Matt and Amber Harrison enrolled their children into a new school, they expected new friends and new experiences, but they couldn’t have foreseen how much some of those new friends would change their own family’s story.  It just so happened that a few of those new friends and teammates lived on Palmer Home for […]

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Generations of Change

An education is one of the most valuable tools we have to offer the children who come to Palmer Home.  It has the power to create generations of change within families, taking a bleak past and changing it to a future full of hope and possibility.  For siblings Danielle, Joanna, and Caleb, this exciting future […]

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Southern Soirée Debuts Live Auction, Artist in Residence, and Champagne Chances

As winter wanes and spring approaches, event season is underway at Palmer Home for Children! It’s a particularly exciting time of year for friends of Palmer Home all over north Mississippi, as long-anticipated celebrations take place. On March 29th, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the sixth annual Southern Soirée will debut new elements that are […]

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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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Meet Jonah’s Journey Caregivers Amy & Ben Shelton

Growing up in the Columbus area, Ben and Amy Shelton were very familiar with Palmer Home for Children. In fact, Amy’s childhood home was not far from Palmer Home’s campus. The couple had been involved both as donors and volunteers for many years, but had not heard about Palmer Home’s foster care program, Jonah’s Journey, […]

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Families in Crisis: How Mothers Find Jonah’s Journey

Susan Moffitt’s phone rings at 9 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Child Protective Services is with a family that includes two children whose mother in need of a drug treatment program. They’ve offered her an opportunity to voluntarily place the children in temporary care instead of state foster care. As Susan gathers the paperwork the […]

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Jonah’s Journey featured by Nashville Sounds

The Nashville Sounds lead the nation in attendance at minor league baseball games this year, and recently the team used their audience to raise awareness for Jonah’s Journey. Each year the Nashville Sounds hold four Faith and Family Fun Nights. They use the nights to share their platform with Nashville area ministries. “Any time we […]

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Tools for Back to School

Crisp, unwrinkled notebook paper, sharp, smooth pencils, brightly colored binders and piles of glue sticks are just a few of the things we love about back to school. The unwritten, newness of a coming school year offers excitement and hope to many students and parents. For foster children who may be entering yet another new […]

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