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The Cushmans: Family as a Mission

Missions has been a part of Rob and Alena Cushman’s lives for well over a decade. They’ve each taken short-term international mission trips, assisted with local missions programs in their church, hosted exchange students and sponsored a child through Compassion International. Still, as they prayed, the peace of knowing they were doing enough eluded them. […]

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Palmer Home Welcomes Community

Garland, trees and ribbon make an early appearance at Palmer Home each year. While other homeowners debate whether to decorate before Thanksgiving or after, in order for our facilities to be ready for our December 4th Open House, our volunteers have to start the decorating early in the season! Palmer Home has invited donors and […]

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Palmer Home for the Holidays

Every family has its traditions, especially when it comes to the holidays. Some you prepare for weeks in advance, others have happened spontaneously for years. Like other families, Palmer Home staff and children have their holiday traditions as well. The season starts early with decorating the Lindamood building and cottages for the Christmas Open House […]

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Mississippi’s Other Favorite Bowl Game

There are few traditions in the state of Mississippi as cherished as the yearly battle on the football field between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University in what is commonly known as the Egg Bowl.  It’s a rivalry that has been around for decades.  Families across the state will gather together for the […]

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Hope Reins Horse Show

For months, children at Palmer Home have practiced for Palmer Home’s Third Annual Horse Show, held each year in late September. This year, forty-two children from the age of two to seventeen participated in the horse show. The youngest participants started the day off with a costume contest, while the most advanced riders participated in […]

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High Definition Salon Defines Generosity

High Definition Salon and Spa owner Holly Davis, along with stylists Misty Rivera and Heather Howell, have cut hair for the children of Palmer Home’s Hernando campus for many years. When they opened High Definitions Salon and Spa in March of this year, they all knew they wanted to do even more to help the […]

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More Than Just Flowers: How Poinsettias Are Growing Palmer Home’s Children

Bright red poinsettias are as much a part of Christmas as the Christmas tree. Each year over 63 million pots of poinsettias will be sold in the United States, a small portion of them from Palmer Home’s Hope Grows greenhouses. Palmer Home children plant the poinsettias during the last few months of summer—usually July or […]

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Sponsoring Joy

For Lynne Mendrop and her family, the hardest part of being a Palmer Home sponsor family is not getting to see the children they sponsor often enough. “I hate we don’t live closer,” Lynne said, “I wish we could spend more time with them.” She believes people often misunderstand what the sponsorship program is. It’s […]

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Thrift Store Donations Maximize Impact

After just two distribution periods, Palmer Home Thrift Stores announces a 400% increase in their Corners of Your Field initiative. Corners of Your Field, launched earlier this year, allows churches to earn gift cards to Palmer Thrift Stores based on donations to the thrift store from members of the congregation. Churches earn a credit of […]

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Aging Out: Challenging the Status Quo

Every year, over 22,000 young people age out of state-run foster care programs across America. Statistics tell a grim story about the future of these 18-20 year olds as they leave the system and begin life on their own.  Studies show that 6.5% of these young people will face jail time and/or homelessness within their […]

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There’s A Need

Some people listen to Matthew and Melinda Hanley recount their story with Brayden and Bella, the two children in their care through Jonah’s Journey, and just shake their heads. “I could never do it,” they say. “Are you kidding me?” “Will you get to adopt them?” “They just don’t get it,” says Matthew. “But it […]

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The Herren Family Story

Lisa Herren is mother to three, including her youngest, Maddie Grace, who joined the family through the ministry that has long since captured Lisa’s heart. Lisa recognizes that she grew up in what she calls “a Jonah’s Journey family” even though she didn’t realize it at the time. She was an only child for 10 years. […]

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Pressing Into The Unknown

It’s a Monday morning. Your mug of coffee has long since gone cold but remains cradled in the palms of your hands. For a year, you’ve been asking God: “Am I really hearing this from you?” Your eyes are fixed upon the open Bible propped up against your knees. You seem to have tunnel vision. All […]

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The Herren Family | A Jonah’s Journey Feature

In her former life, she was a neonatal nurse. Today, Lisa Herren is mother to three and program director for Jonah’s Journey. Her youngest, Maddie Grace, joined the family through the ministry that has long since captured Lisa’s heart. Lisa recognizes that she grew up in what she calls “a Jonah’s Journey family” even though she […]

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Pressing Into The Unknown | A Jonah’s Journey Feature

It’s a Monday morning. Your mug of coffee has long since gone cold but remains cradled in the palms of your hands anyway. For a year, you’ve been asking God: “Am I really hearing this from you?” Your eyes are fixed upon the open Bible propped up against your knees. You seem to have tunnel vision. […]

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