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Happy Thanksgiving from Palmer Home!

Thanksgiving is a time of joyful celebration and a time of reflection. At Palmer Home, we have been blessed to care for more than 220 children this year, a record number, because of the dedication and generosity of people like you. Watching the children who come into our care flourish into young adults is a […]

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Radiothon 2019

Picture this: It’s a beautiful summer day, and you are surrounded by all your family. There’s snow cones, waterslides, good food, and an endless supply of laughter all around. What if we told you that you could do all that, while also raising a quarter of a million dollars in one day? That is what […]

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No Sun Needed at 15th Annual Mudbug Bash

Palmer Home for Children hosted the 15th Annual Mudbug Bash on Saturday night in Hernando, Miss. Despite the rain, hundreds of people came for a good time and a good cause. There was no shortage of crawfish — for the 14th year in a row, Memphis Crawfish Company provided 4,000 pounds of crawfish for the […]

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What A Difference A Day Makes

It takes one day to change a life. At Palmer Home, we’ve seen it happen many times. Children come to us having lived through a history of trauma and difficult life circumstances. It is our mission to ensure that the day a child arrives on our campus, they embark on a new journey of healing […]

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Whole Child Initiative Provides Guidance for Holistic Care

Palmer Home for Children developed the Whole Child Initiative in 2016. As we continue to learn more, Whole Child continues to evolve. What started as a simple evaluative tool has become an organizational change model. In 2018, Palmer Home implemented Whole Child Initiative’s Model of Care. This process requires training at every level, including board, […]

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Our New Direction: A Note from Our CEO

One of the main goals of Palmer Home has always been growth. Growth for our children, growth for our campuses, and ultimately, growth of our mission. For more than 120 years, Palmer Home for Children has been rooted in one mission: To provide superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our […]

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Pam Abrams Named Charles Guest Award Recipient

Palmer Home celebrated Pam Abrams, Director of Education, as the 2019 recipient of the Charles Guest Service Award. The Charles Guest Service Award recognizes a staff member for his or her contributions to Palmer Home for Children, mirroring the pursuit of excellence demonstrated by Palmer Home Board member Charles Guest. “This award represents a chance […]

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Offering Relief to Houseparents

Palmer Home houseparents are in many ways similar to other parents. They clean. They cook. They shuttle children to and from doctor’s appointments and sports practices. The everyday hustle that comes with being a parent is often multiplied for our houseparents because of the unique needs of the children at Palmer Home. Not only are […]

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How To: Become A Houseparent

Houseparents play an integral role in the lives of children at Palmer Home. They are the loving arms that embrace each new child who enters our care. They ensure each child knows they are safe and that their needs will be met. Houseparents teach children how to love and be loved, how to have a […]

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Palmer Home Is Near and Dear to Elizabeth Heiskell, The Debutante Farmer

Elizabeth Heiskell is a household name throughout the South. The author of several cookbooks, including her newest release in November, The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering, connects with people through her fuss-free recipes, flare for style, and hilarious storytelling. Love for children, food, and entertaining are evident in everything Elizabeth does. […]

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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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