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Hazard Shade Pavilion Renovation

What do you get when you combine a need for more shade, an outdated dormitory, a generous community of supporters, and several hardworking mission teams? The much needed and greatly anticipated Hazard Family Pavilion at Palmer Home for Children. In 1964 the Hazard family saw a need to build an emergency men’s dormitory on the […]

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Hope Reins Program Welcomes New Edition, Flash

Donating her horse to Hope Reins, Palmer Home for Children’s therapeutic equine program, was not an easy decision for Allison Crews. Flash, a 16-year-old Registered Appaloosa, had been part of her family since he was born. Ultimately, however, Allison knew Flash would be in good hands on the Columbus campus. “I knew he’d get a lot of love and attention,” Allison […]

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VIP Treatment at the Columbus Air Force Base Air Show

In April, houseparents and children from Palmer Home experienced a special day of tradition, fun and inspiration at the Columbus Air Force Base Air Show. Lt. Col James Winning, Commander of the 14th Operations Support Squadron, Senior Airman Jillia Frishkorn, and a team from the base organized a limousine ride along with other VIP level experiences. Houseparents […]

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6th Annual Radiothon

On Thursday, July 26th SuperTalk Mississippi will host its 6th Annual Radiothon benefiting Palmer Home for Children. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. listeners can tune into SuperTalk Mississippi and hear directly from children, alumni, staff and supporters of Palmer Home. Throughout the day, radio guests will share the organization’s vision, history, mission, and personal […]

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own.  And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss’ lyrical words from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” ring true in the hearts […]

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Camp Palmer 2018

In an age when cell phones beep, Twitter tweets, and life can look a whole lot more glamorous with the right filter on Instagram, there is something refreshingly nostalgic about unplugging from the modern, digital world and retreating into a simpler, slower way of life.   For the past 50 years, Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) […]

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Roll Out the Red Carpet

 “Roll Out The Red Carpet” was the theme of this year’s Nan Ashford Awards Banquet held on May 10, 2018. The staff at Palmer Home did just that – they rolled out a red carpet (literally!) and transformed the dining hall in the historic Lindamood Building into a fancy and festive banquet. Complete with crisp […]

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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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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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