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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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Palmer Home Students Join in Joy Prom

A limousine ride, formal attire, a red carpet entrance and over-the-top decorations sounds like the perfect prom night for any high school student. For ninety-one special needs high school students, Joy Prom offered just that. Joy Prom, held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi, started six years ago as an opportunity for special […]

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President’s Report: Remembering, Caring, Showing Up

Everyone has a story. It’s what we do with our story—how we allow it to define us and how we take control of it—that determines the twists and turns and, ultimately, how our story ends. On April 18, at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi, Drake Bassett, President and CEO of Palmer Home for Children, […]

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Educating the Whole Child at Palmer School

If you step into the doors of the Palmer School on our Columbus campus, you’ll quickly realize it’s more than a building with classrooms.  A large table is positioned in a communal space with the elementary classes’ artwork visible everywhere you turn.  Down the hall, you’ll find several classrooms scattered with students in desks, on […]

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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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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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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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