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Equipping Moms and Supporting Children: Palmer Home Family Care

Equipping Moms and Supporting Children: Palmer Home Family Care Our Family Care program provides nurturing care for infants of incarcerated mothers, but did you know it does so much more than that? In addition to helping provide loving homes for newborns with the goal of reunification after a mother’s sentence, our case managers serve both […]

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Three Core Values to Help Children Thrive

Much has changed since Palmer Home was founded in 1895. But the question, “How can we better serve the children in our care?” has always been central to our mission. We are constantly evolving so we can provide superior care to the children and families we serve. As part of this evolution, we developed Whole […]

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Meet the Harrisons and the McGehees, Palmer Home Houseparents

Meet the Harrisons and the McGehees, Palmer Home Houseparents Palmer Home is seeking houseparents for our Hernando campus! Houseparents care for a cottage of eight to 10 children, supporting each child’s educational, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. To help you learn more about the role and the amazing houseparents on our team, we wanted to […]

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Thank You For Everything

During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we received an unexpected phone call. On the line was Mr. Jonathan Houston, a Palmer Home alumnus and now a successful businessman who wanted to make a donation. “Palmer Home did a lot for me,” he told us. “I want to give back.” Mr. Houston graciously shared […]

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At Christmas, All is Bright at Palmer Home

In a year filled with uncertainty, my hope is that this Christmas will shine all the brighter. The darkness of 2020 has made me that much more grateful for Palmer Home and our mission to bring hope, joy and peace to vulnerable children and families. At Palmer Home, we are blessed to have the opportunity […]

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Introducing Palmer Home Marketplace!

We are thrilled to share an exciting new way to support Palmer Home: Introducing Palmer Home Marketplace, an online shopping experience featuring a curated selection of local artists and small businesses. With Palmer Home Marketplace, you can shop for yourself and your loved ones while helping hope grow in the life of a child. From […]

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The Show (that is, Palmer Home’s Fall Events) Must Go On

Since the pandemic unfolded in early March, we’ve welcomed several new children into our care, and we are preparing to serve 30% more next year due to anticipated increased demand. Completely canceling our fall events – which raise vital funds for our mission – would have drastically impacted our budget. But how could we host […]

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Sporting Life Kennels: A Relationship Spanning Three Generations

Molly Roberts and her husband, Marty, owners of Sporting Life Kennels in Oxford, Mississippi, have a unique connection to Palmer Home for Children: Molly’s father, Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr., served on Palmer Home’s board of directors for more than 50 years, and Molly grew up attending Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Memphis, Tennessee, which hosted […]

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Aging Up, Not Out

Aging Up, Not Out: How Palmer Home’s Transitional Care Program is Addressing one of Foster Care’s Biggest Challenges Turning 18 is an exciting time in most teenagers’ life. It’s a time when your entire life is ahead of you. The possibilities seem endless. However, striking out on your own at 18 without a strong support […]

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8th Annual Radiothon Hosted by SuperTalk Mississippi

Mississippi’s only statewide radio network, SuperTalk Mississippi, continues to make a positive impact on children in need with the 8th annual Radiothon benefitting Palmer Home for Children. Many of us seek to make a lasting impact in this world and there are certainly many ways to do that if we remain focused and in step […]

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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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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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