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Palmer Home Names John Goudy 2022 Recipient of Charles Guest Service Award

Palmer Home celebrated John Goudy, Director of Operations/Facility, as the 2022 recipient of the Charles Guest Service Award. The Charles Guest Service Award recognizes a staff member for his or her contributions to Palmer Home for Children, mirroring the pursuit of excellence demonstrated by Palmer Home Board member Charles Guest. “It’s exciting for me to […]

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Save the Date for the 18th Annual Mudbug Bash Benefitting Palmer Home for Children

  HERNANDO, Miss., Feb. 1, 2021 – Palmer Home for Children, the faith-based organization that has provided superior care for vulnerable children for over 125 years, today announced its 18th annual Mudbug Bash is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd from 6p.m. to 10p.m. Sponsorships are available to purchase now at palmerhome.org/events. VIP and general admission […]

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Palmer Home is Seeking Mission-Focused, Servant Minded Houseparents

Are you called to serve the vulnerable? Do you have a special place in your heart for children in need? Do you long to serve God’s children through love, service, and family? If these questions resonate with you, we ask you to place these things before the Lord and to consider whether or not you and […]

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A Remarkable Year

We had much to be thankful for at Palmer Home in 2021, and we look forward to seeing how God will use our mission in the year ahead. Every day our staff has the opportunity to witness miracles – children coming to know Jesus and accepting Him as their Savior, parents working with us to […]

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Holiday Wishes, from Our Family to Yours

The holidays bring a sense of nostalgia and peace, but it can also be a challenging season that brings feelings of loss and grief. This year especially, many of us will gather around a table with an empty seat where a loved one should be. Whether this person is not with us due to illness, […]

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Together at Thanksgiving

Children come to Palmer Home for a variety of reasons, but our ultimate goal is always to reunite them with their biological families – a process known as reunification – when it’s safe and healthy to do so. God wired us to want to be with our biological families, and we respect those bonds at […]

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A Season of Thanks

A Season of Thanks This season at Palmer Home, we have much to be thankful for. Every day our staff has the opportunity to witness miracles – parents working with us to turn their life around and reunifying with their children, young adults changing their trajectory and being the first in their family to attend […]

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A Spirit of Giving

The data is sobering. The number of children who have an incarcerated parent is growing. Many of these parents and children lack access to the support and community needed to maintain healthy family relationships. Others lack the opportunity to meet the physical needs of their children. At Palmer Home, one of our main areas of […]

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Tailgate for Palmer – A Cause Greater than Football!

Tailgate for Palmer – A Cause Greater than Football! This fall, football fans have the opportunity to support their favorite teams while giving back to a bigger cause: helping provide loving homes for children in need. Tailgate for Palmer, our annual can’t-be-missed fall football event, will once again be held in-person in Oxford and Starkville. […]

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Leading Children Through Fearful and Uncertain Situations

Many children went back to school only to be sent home for virtual learning days later, uncertain when they’ll get to return in-person. Others are watching the news and trying to make sense of the current situation in Afghanistan. Across the country and world are devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters. How can […]

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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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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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