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At Christmas, All is Bright at Palmer Home

In a year filled with uncertainty, my hope is that this Christmas will shine all the brighter. The darkness of 2020 has made me that much more grateful for Palmer Home and our mission to bring hope, joy and peace to vulnerable children and families. At Palmer Home, we are blessed to have the opportunity […]

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Introducing Palmer Home Marketplace!

We are thrilled to share an exciting new way to support Palmer Home: Introducing Palmer Home Marketplace, an online shopping experience featuring a curated selection of local artists and small businesses. With Palmer Home Marketplace, you can shop for yourself and your loved ones while helping hope grow in the life of a child. From […]

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The Show (that is, Palmer Home’s Fall Events) Must Go On

Since the pandemic unfolded in early March, we’ve welcomed several new children into our care, and we are preparing to serve 30% more next year due to anticipated increased demand. Completely canceling our fall events – which raise vital funds for our mission – would have drastically impacted our budget. But how could we host […]

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Sporting Life Kennels: A Relationship Spanning Three Generations

Molly Roberts and her husband, Marty, owners of Sporting Life Kennels in Oxford, Mississippi, have a unique connection to Palmer Home for Children: Molly’s father, Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr., served on Palmer Home’s board of directors for more than 50 years, and Molly grew up attending Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Memphis, Tennessee, which hosted […]

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Aging Up, Not Out

Aging Up, Not Out: How Palmer Home’s Transitional Care Program is Addressing one of Foster Care’s Biggest Challenges Turning 18 is an exciting time in most teenagers’ life. It’s a time when your entire life is ahead of you. The possibilities seem endless. However, striking out on your own at 18 without a strong support […]

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8th Annual Radiothon Hosted by SuperTalk Mississippi

Mississippi’s only statewide radio network, SuperTalk Mississippi, continues to make a positive impact on children in need with the 8th annual Radiothon benefitting Palmer Home for Children. Many of us seek to make a lasting impact in this world and there are certainly many ways to do that if we remain focused and in step […]

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Safety, Security and a Sense of Belonging: Palmer Home, 125 Years Ago and Now

Christine McClamroch Spain was just five years old when she, her older sister and two older brothers came to live at Palmer Home for Children in 1955. Now a wife, mother and grandmother, Spain has recounted her experience living at Palmer Home many times. However, three words – safety, security, belonging — have become interwoven […]

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Sky Lake Construction Builds a Brighter Future for Palmer Home

It has been said home is where the heart is. For the last two years, Sky Lake Construction, LLC, in Nesbit, Miss. has been sharing a piece of their heart with the children at Palmer Home for Children. Sky Lake Construction is a family-owned business founded by Jerry and Jackie McBride in 2010. The company […]

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In Response to the Coronavirus

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 As we conclude an unusual Holy Week, I find peace in knowing that regardless of the uncertainty and chaos in the world, Easter is […]

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Making Pearls: Managing Stress to Build Resilience

Written by Lauren Strickland, LICSW, PIP Director of Whole Child Initiative  Do you know how pearls are made? Stress. When a tiny grain of sand works its way into the deepest parts of an oyster—between its shell and mantle, the oyster works to manage the stressor and protect itself, covering the painful grain of sand […]

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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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