Our Blog

Happy Thanksgiving from Palmer Home!

Thanksgiving is a time of joyful celebration and a time of reflection. At Palmer Home, we have been blessed to care for more than 220 children this year, a record number, because of the dedication and generosity of people like you. Watching the children who come into our care flourish into young adults is a […]

Read the full post

Radiothon 2019

Picture this: It’s a beautiful summer day, and you are surrounded by all your family. There’s snow cones, waterslides, good food, and an endless supply of laughter all around. What if we told you that you could do all that, while also raising a quarter of a million dollars in one day? That is what […]

Read the full post

No Sun Needed at 15th Annual Mudbug Bash

Palmer Home for Children hosted the 15th Annual Mudbug Bash on Saturday night in Hernando, Miss. Despite the rain, hundreds of people came for a good time and a good cause. There was no shortage of crawfish — for the 14th year in a row, Memphis Crawfish Company provided 4,000 pounds of crawfish for the […]

Read the full post

What A Difference A Day Makes

It takes one day to change a life. At Palmer Home, we’ve seen it happen many times. Children come to us having lived through a history of trauma and difficult life circumstances. It is our mission to ensure that the day a child arrives on our campus, they embark on a new journey of healing […]

Read the full post

Whole Child Initiative Provides Guidance for Holistic Care

Palmer Home for Children developed the Whole Child Initiative in 2016. As we continue to learn more, Whole Child continues to evolve. What started as a simple evaluative tool has become an organizational change model. In 2018, Palmer Home implemented Whole Child Initiative’s Model of Care. This process requires training at every level, including board, […]

Read the full post

Our New Direction: A Note from Our CEO

One of the main goals of Palmer Home has always been growth. Growth for our children, growth for our campuses, and ultimately, growth of our mission. For more than 120 years, Palmer Home for Children has been rooted in one mission: To provide superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our […]

Read the full post

Pam Abrams Named Charles Guest Award Recipient

Palmer Home celebrated Pam Abrams, Director of Education, as the 2019 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. “This award represents a chance […]

Read the full post

Offering Relief to Houseparents

Palmer Home houseparents are in many ways similar to other parents. They clean. They cook. They shuttle children to and from doctor’s appointments and sports practices. The everyday hustle that comes with being a parent is often multiplied for our houseparents because of the unique needs of the children at Palmer Home. Not only are […]

Read the full post

How To: Become A Houseparent

Houseparents play an integral role in the lives of children at Palmer Home. They are the loving arms that embrace each new child who enters our care. They ensure each child knows they are safe and that their needs will be met. Houseparents teach children how to love and be loved, how to have a […]

Read the full post

Palmer Home Is Near and Dear to Elizabeth Heiskell, The Debutante Farmer

Elizabeth Heiskell is a household name throughout the South. The author of several cookbooks, including her newest release in November, The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering, connects with people through her fuss-free recipes, flare for style, and hilarious storytelling. Love for children, food, and entertaining are evident in everything Elizabeth does. […]

Read the full post

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, […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post

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 […]

Read the full post
Events
Learn More
Impact Report
Download PDF
Newsletter
Learn More
×