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More Than Enough Love

“First of all, it’s not a job,” says Debbie Wray of her 18 years as a Palmer Home caregiver.  Across those 18 years, she’s cared for literally hundreds of children.  Currently, she resides in the aptly named Love Cottage on the Columbus campus of Palmer Home for Children. “I tell people that my life didn’t […]

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Back to School

Fresh decorations and excited teachers greeted Palmer Home for Children’s Columbus campus students earlier this month when Palmer School held it’s open house for the 2017-2018 school year. “We wanted to have the students over for open house because it’s a normal part of back to school,” said Pam Abrams, Palmer School Director of Education. […]

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JA Provisionals Plan Monthly Palmer Night Out

Volunteers who make the biggest impact at Palmer Home for Children are those who feel a connection with the children on our campus. For seventeen years, the Junior Auxiliary of Desoto County (JADC) has made these connections a priority for its organization. Sixty-five women in Desoto County founded JADC in 2000 and almost immediately took […]

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Camp Palmer: A Summer Tradition

Summer at Palmer Home for Children started off strong this year with our forty-ninth trip to Camp Palmer. While the late spring breezes blew cool over the campus, Palmer Home children mixed with children from the families of Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis for a week of horseback riding, nature hikes, arts and crafts activities, and […]

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Become a Hero

In January, a CNBC article predicted superhero movies could break the box office this year. From Batman to Wolverine to Wonder Woman and a whole host of characters in between, our culture has become a bit superhero-obsessed. We personally love the idea of being able to save the world from certain destruction. But the problem […]

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Sponsoring Relationships That Matter

Amy Brown and her family first encountered Josh as a teammate.  One of the Brown’s sons and Josh played baseball together for a summer.  She recalls watching the boys on the field and wondering if there might be a way her family could do more to invest in the life of the young man from […]

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Palmer Home Graduates Anticipate Bright Futures

This summer, high school students and their parents from all over the country will be touring colleges, pouring over class schedules and making big decisions about the future. Although the children at Palmer Home may come from differing backgrounds, their futures are just as bright. This year, three Palmer Home for Children residents graduated from […]

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The Answer

Years ago, when George Coxhead first heard about Palmer Home for Children, he never dreamed that it would one day become a part of his own family’s story.  He supported the mission, and even served on the board of directors to help guide the future of Palmer Home. Many years later, he and his wife […]

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Dedicated to the Future

The excitement of moving into a new house has an energy all its own—the smell of fresh paint, crisp clean features, and wide open rooms bursting with potential. Multiply that excitement by three families with a combined thirty children who have waited an entire year for this day, and you might have an idea of […]

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Connecting in the Classroom and at the Ball

Webster’s dictionary defines a mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide.”  For several youth at Palmer Home for Children, that guidance has come in the form of the Junior Auxiliary Mentors program (JAM). During the 2016-17 school year, ten members of the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus became mentors for a group of students at the […]

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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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She Gave Up Her 1st Birthday for Jonah’s Journey

When Ligon and Wilson Troutt got married, they knew they wanted to center their home around giving more than receiving. As a former first grade teacher, Ligon recounts teaching the children in her class that the greatest rule is that it is far better to give than to receive. “That’s something we want to instill […]

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When Jesus Went to the Women’s Prison

What happens when two ministries who are relentlessly dedicated to bettering the lives of children across the country – and across the world – partner together?God shows up in miraculous ways. Palmer Home for Children partnered with Nashville-based children’s ministry Jonah’s Journey in 2014. We’ve been moving full steam ahead ever since and haven’t looked […]

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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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