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A Library of Dreams

“Oh, for a nook and a storybook With tales both new and old. For a jolly good book whereon to look Is better to me than gold.” — Old English Song. Poets, teachers and academics have long stressed the importance of reading as a formative component of young minds. At the Palmer School, teachers encourage […]

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Embracing a Call to Care: Chad and Samantha Conners

Ask any houseparent at Palmer Home for Children how they discovered the job, and you’ll hear a multitude of answers. For the Conners family, a flyer on the bulletin board outside Southaven Public Library did the trick. “We are from this area, so I had heard about the construction of a campus in Hernando. However, […]

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Trauma-Sensitive Training for Caregivers and Professionals

Every person involved in the life of a child who has experienced trauma has a role in that child’s healing. On January 27, 2018, Whole Child Initiative offers a one-day intensive event designed to facilitate collaborative, trauma sensitive training for foster and adoptive parents, social workers, teachers and other helping professionals. The event is hosted […]

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How You Can Make Christmas Special

Christmas is just around the corner, and we’re so thankful for the many ways in which Palmer Home is blessed by the support of our great big extended Palmer Home family. During this season of giving, we often hear, “How can we help?” Fortunately, gifts for our children are generously donated by corporate sponsors, so […]

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Traditions to Remember

Nothing compares to the excitement of a child at Christmas. Now imagine the excitement of a hundred children during the Christmas holidays! Whether they’re visiting with Santa, singing carols, or exchanging gifts, the children (and staff) of Palmer Home for Children’s two campuses are buzzing with excitement this month. In Columbus this year, the season […]

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Christmas Visitors at Palmer Home

December may be Santa’s busiest time of year, but he’s not too busy for a stop by Palmer Home for Children! With help from Security Holdings, Santa plans a stop by the Columbus campus on December 8 to deliver gifts to the children of Palmer Home. Santa, along with his elves, a.k.a. a few Security […]

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Red Ribbon Week at the Palmer School

Each year at the end of October the National Family Partnership invites families and schools to participate in Red Ribbon Week as a way to talk to students about drug use prevention. For the first time, Palmer School participated in Red Ribbon Week with dress up days, essay and poster contests and a guest speaker. […]

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Palmer Home nominated for Regions ‘What A Difference A Day Makes’ Contest

At Palmer Home, we know that it only takes one day to change a life. Many children on our campuses have experienced the sadness of being separated from their families. Others have suffered at the hands of an abuser, or have experienced rejection and loneliness far too often in their young lives. Fortunately, we often […]

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Parking for Palmer

Caravans of Mississippi State fans (and those from the opposing teams) start pulling into Starkville hours before kickoff for Bulldog home games. As they arrive with tents, chairs and plenty of food for tailgating, Palmer Home for Children residents along with Tom Green, Director of Facilities/Operations, greet them in the Parking for Palmer lot. Four […]

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Palmer Home’s Inaugural Sounds of Hope

Friday night, September 15, 2017, a hundred concert-goers gathered in Hope Chapel on Palmer Home for Children’s Hernando campus to hear singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb perform songs from her latest album, Red Sea Road (Full Heart Music). The night, however, held more than music. For many guests, it offered a first glimpse at the ministry of […]

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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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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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