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A Garden of their Own

Farmers and gardeners aren’t the only ones preparing for spring planting. At Palmer Home for Children, many of the children are getting ready for a garden of their own. Mary Tuggle, Greenhouse and Garden Manager, has coordinated with the Mississippi State Extension Service to implement an agricultural literacy program for residents on the Columbus campus. […]

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Summer Missions that Leave a Lasting Impact

As the days grow longer and warmer, summer vacation is already on the minds of many people. Across the United States, millions will include a summer mission trip in their plans. Youth groups, Sunday School classes, college ministries, and mission teams will pack their bags and travel to another city, state, or even country to […]

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Fashioning New Homes in Hernando

Almost a year ago, the sun streamed through the trees outside the Hope Chapel on Palmer Home for Children’s Hernando campus as our donors, volunteers, elected officials and staff gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of three new cottages. The day before, rain flooded parts of North Mississippi, forcing our celebration from the site of the […]

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Sixty-Seven Children to Love: Jenny’s Story

               “I’m a single mom with 67 children,” says Jenny Malone with a slight laugh. As part of Palmer Home for Children’s commitment to its caregivers, the organization provides one week off for every four weeks houseparents spend caring for the children in their cottages. Jenny’s role at Palmer […]

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Date Night: 7 Kids and Respite Care

If you’ve hired a babysitter for date night lately, you know the costs can sometimes exceed what you spend on dinner. Now, imagine hiring a sitter for seven children! This Valentine’s Day, the Ainsworths, houseparents at Palmer Home’s Phillips Cottage enjoyed a special treat as they headed out for a quiet dinner thanks to two […]

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Youth Group Organizes Colorful Fundraiser

When Cory Head, Youth Minister for St. Paul Catholic Church in Flowood, Mississippi, met with his youth group at the end of the 2016 school year, he asked them what they wanted to get out of the youth group. Many said they wanted to do more outreach. Specifically, a group of seniors wanted to organize […]

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A Soul Generated By Love

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul […]

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Dear Facebook Friend

As Palmer Home’s resident social media guru, I spend a lot of my time interacting with our network of supporters through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even this blog. It’s my dream job in a lot of ways, because I constantly get to share with you the beautiful things that happen at Palmer Home […]

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Whole Child Conference: Is It For You?

“I don’t think Whole Child Conference is just for people who are in foster care, but it’s for everybody. It gives someone a benchmark for what to expect. For those in foster care, it lets you know you aren’t crazy,” said Parker Manuel, a Jonah’s Journey caregiver. “If God has ever put it on your […]

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BankPlus Pioneers Charitable Giving Campaign

If you’ve walked through a BankPlus location in DeSoto County, you’ve likely seen the little green houses with the Palmer Home for Children logo pinned up throughout the bank. These houses and the donations they represent were part of a test program for Palmer Home. “We are so thankful to BankPlus for being our pilot […]

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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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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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