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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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Roll Out the Red Carpet

 “Roll Out The Red Carpet” was the theme of this year’s Nan Ashford Awards Banquet held on May 10, 2018. The staff at Palmer Home did just that – they rolled out a red carpet (literally!) and transformed the dining hall in the historic Lindamood Building into a fancy and festive banquet. Complete with crisp […]

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Relief Houseparents Support Children, Other Caregivers at Palmer Home

When the need arises for Palmer Home for Children to recruit new houseparents, existing houseparents are often the best recruitment resource. Houseparents feel passionate about their important roles in the lives of the children in their care and it is evident to those around them. Take Josh and Brittany House for example. The Houses served […]

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Aging out: helping teens enter adulthood

Permanency is the goal in any placement. Every child needs a family—not only in childhood, but beyond. But what happens when a child is aging out of a foster care or group home environment? “Their biggest fear is not knowing what to do,” says Ebone Kimber, program director of Children’s Aid Society in Birmingham, Alabama. […]

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Twenty Years of Caregiving Offers Many Success Stories for Hyde Family

Days are full for Mike and Marjorie Hyde, dedicated Palmer Home houseparents on the Columbus campus.  Between caring for the children in their home and supporting them in their extracurricular actives and appointments, the Hydes see the vast advantages for caring for children in this special way. After eighteen years as houseparents, the Hydes have […]

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Whole Child Initiative – Providing the Best Possible Care

A key component of Whole Child  Initiative is the  Whole Child Review, a meeting that brings together each person who serves the child. The Whole Child Review identifies a child’s strengths and needs. If a child is struggling, team members brainstorm about ways to address their underlying needs to help the child learn and grow. “Instead […]

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Mississippi Business Grows Hope and Plants Trees on Palmer Home’s Campus

Throughout the year, mission teams assist Palmer Home with maintenance and beautification work around both the Columbus and Hernando campuses.  Their dedication allows us to offer children who come to our campus a beautiful, safe space while focusing more of our resources on the children’s needs. Mission teams and Palmer Partners, like Chad Robertson, owner […]

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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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