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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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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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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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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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