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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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Dear Facebook Friend

As Palmer Home’s resident social media guru, I spend a lot of my time interacting with our network of supporters through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even this blog. It’s my dream job in a lot of ways, because I constantly get to share with you the beautiful things that happen at Palmer Home […]

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Whole Child Conference: Is It For You?

“I don’t think Whole Child Conference is just for people who are in foster care, but it’s for everybody. It gives someone a benchmark for what to expect. For those in foster care, it lets you know you aren’t crazy,” said Parker Manuel, a Jonah’s Journey caregiver. “If God has ever put it on your […]

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BankPlus Pioneers Charitable Giving Campaign

If you’ve walked through a BankPlus location in DeSoto County, you’ve likely seen the little green houses with the Palmer Home for Children logo pinned up throughout the bank. These houses and the donations they represent were part of a test program for Palmer Home. “We are so thankful to BankPlus for being our pilot […]

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Grandparents: Tips for Tackling Technology

Each day, grandparents of all ages and from all ethnic and socio-economic groups become the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. The reasons for this change in caregiver status vary from family to family, but all grandparent caregivers have one thing in common–they want to provide a stable, loving home for their grandchildren. Most already know […]

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Palmer Thrift Store Debuts New Donation Center

Donating your gently used items to Palmer Thrift Stores just got easier. When the Palmer Thrift Store Donation Center on Highway 45 opens in early December, residents and employees located in North Columbus will be able to drop off their donations without making the trip across town. Thrift Store staff will be available at the […]

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And the Winner Is…

The Egg Bowl has come and gone again, with the famed “Golden Egg” returning to Starkville with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  Whether this brought great excitement or a bit of disappointment to your house, we have some wonderful news that EVERYONE can celebrate! In the #PalmerBowl, the children of Palmer Home came away with a […]

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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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When Jesus Went to the Women’s Prison

What happens when two ministries who are relentlessly dedicated to bettering the lives of children across the country – and across the world – partner together?God shows up in miraculous ways. Palmer Home for Children partnered with Nashville-based children’s ministry Jonah’s Journey in 2014. We’ve been moving full steam ahead ever since and haven’t looked […]

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