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Student Spotlight: Katlin

Poised, confident, determined, capable, diligent, industrious, humble, graceful and kind – all of these words help paint a picture of an incredible young woman, Katlin, a former student at Palmer Home for Children, who is now at Mississippi State University, studying to be a future equine surgeon, and forever a member of the Palmer Home […]

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Ways to Give

Are you looking for ways to support the life-changing ministry of Palmer Home for Children? There are a myriad of ways you can support Palmer Home – through giving financially, praying consistently, spreading the word, providing respite care for  houseparents, sponsoring children, or creating fundraisers on behalf of Palmer Home – just to name a […]

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Shotguns and Sunflowers 2018

Many people create a picture in their minds of what a children’s home must look like. But when someone visits Palmer Home’s Hernando campus, nestled in the middle of 145 acres of woods and a 75 acre lake, it blows all those stereotypes out of the water. Just a simple tour of the campus, learning […]

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LeaderSTATE 2018

Last month, 20 high school students from Palmer Home for Children packed their bags and headed to Mississippi State University for a week of learning, growing, and dreaming about the future at LeaderSTATE. This unique camp specializes in cultivating tomorrow’s leaders by building confidence, providing career guidance, encouraging strong character, and instilling inspiration to carry […]

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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What do you get when you combine a need for more shade, an outdated dormitory, a generous community of supporters, and several hardworking mission teams?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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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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