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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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A Garden of their Own

Farmers and gardeners aren’t the only ones preparing for spring planting. At Palmer Home for Children, many of the children are getting ready for a garden of their own. Mary Tuggle, Greenhouse and Garden Manager, has coordinated with the Mississippi State Extension Service to implement an agricultural literacy program for residents on the Columbus campus. […]

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Summer Missions that Leave a Lasting Impact

As the days grow longer and warmer, summer vacation is already on the minds of many people. Across the United States, millions will include a summer mission trip in their plans. Youth groups, Sunday School classes, college ministries, and mission teams will pack their bags and travel to another city, state, or even country to […]

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Fashioning New Homes in Hernando

Almost a year ago, the sun streamed through the trees outside the Hope Chapel on Palmer Home for Children’s Hernando campus as our donors, volunteers, elected officials and staff gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of three new cottages. The day before, rain flooded parts of North Mississippi, forcing our celebration from the site of the […]

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Sixty-Seven Children to Love: Jenny’s Story

               “I’m a single mom with 67 children,” says Jenny Malone with a slight laugh. As part of Palmer Home for Children’s commitment to its caregivers, the organization provides one week off for every four weeks houseparents spend caring for the children in their cottages. Jenny’s role at Palmer […]

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Date Night: 7 Kids and Respite Care

If you’ve hired a babysitter for date night lately, you know the costs can sometimes exceed what you spend on dinner. Now, imagine hiring a sitter for seven children! This Valentine’s Day, the Ainsworths, houseparents at Palmer Home’s Phillips Cottage enjoyed a special treat as they headed out for a quiet dinner thanks to two […]

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Youth Group Organizes Colorful Fundraiser

When Cory Head, Youth Minister for St. Paul Catholic Church in Flowood, Mississippi, met with his youth group at the end of the 2016 school year, he asked them what they wanted to get out of the youth group. Many said they wanted to do more outreach. Specifically, a group of seniors wanted to organize […]

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A Soul Generated By Love

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul […]

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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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She Gave Up Her 1st Birthday for Jonah’s Journey

When Ligon and Wilson Troutt got married, they knew they wanted to center their home around giving more than receiving. As a former first grade teacher, Ligon recounts teaching the children in her class that the greatest rule is that it is far better to give than to receive. “That’s something we want to instill […]

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