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Growing Hope through Crowdfunding

Palmer Home supporters show up in so many ways to help our children, but we constantly receive requests from friends wondering how they can do more.  Through crowdfunding, we are able to communicate a specific need, demonstrate exactly how it will benefit our children, and allow our amazing community to step up and meet that […]

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Picturing the Future through leaderSTATE

As students enter into high school, discussions about their future crop up more and more often. Each summer 15-20 Palmer Home children take this discussion to heart as part of Mississippi State University’s leaderSTATE program. “It’s amazing to see them open their minds to opportunities that are available. That’s what we want to do,” said […]

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Tailgate for Palmer returns to Oxford

When Palmer Home began to consider hosting an event in the Oxford area, our thoughts immediately went to the excitement of tailgating in the Grove and the electric atmosphere of The University of Mississippi on game days.  Out of this spirit, Tailgate for Palmer was born.  In just a few weeks we will host our […]

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More Than Enough Love

“First of all, it’s not a job,” says Debbie Wray of her 18 years as a Palmer Home caregiver.  Across those 18 years, she’s cared for literally hundreds of children.  Currently, she resides in the aptly named Love Cottage on the Columbus campus of Palmer Home for Children. “I tell people that my life didn’t […]

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Back to School

Fresh decorations and excited teachers greeted Palmer Home for Children’s Columbus campus students earlier this month when Palmer School held it’s open house for the 2017-2018 school year. “We wanted to have the students over for open house because it’s a normal part of back to school,” said Pam Abrams, Palmer School Director of Education. […]

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JA Provisionals Plan Monthly Palmer Night Out

Volunteers who make the biggest impact at Palmer Home for Children are those who feel a connection with the children on our campus. For seventeen years, the Junior Auxiliary of Desoto County (JADC) has made these connections a priority for its organization. Sixty-five women in Desoto County founded JADC in 2000 and almost immediately took […]

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Camp Palmer: A Summer Tradition

Summer at Palmer Home for Children started off strong this year with our forty-ninth trip to Camp Palmer. While the late spring breezes blew cool over the campus, Palmer Home children mixed with children from the families of Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis for a week of horseback riding, nature hikes, arts and crafts activities, and […]

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Become a Hero

In January, a CNBC article predicted superhero movies could break the box office this year. From Batman to Wolverine to Wonder Woman and a whole host of characters in between, our culture has become a bit superhero-obsessed. We personally love the idea of being able to save the world from certain destruction. But the problem […]

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Sponsoring Relationships That Matter

Amy Brown and her family first encountered Josh as a teammate.  One of the Brown’s sons and Josh played baseball together for a summer.  She recalls watching the boys on the field and wondering if there might be a way her family could do more to invest in the life of the young man from […]

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Palmer Home Graduates Anticipate Bright Futures

This summer, high school students and their parents from all over the country will be touring colleges, pouring over class schedules and making big decisions about the future. Although the children at Palmer Home may come from differing backgrounds, their futures are just as bright. This year, three Palmer Home for Children residents graduated from […]

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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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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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