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Thank You For Everything

During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we received an unexpected phone call. On the line was Mr. Jonathan Houston, a Palmer Home alumnus and now a successful businessman who wanted to make a donation. “Palmer Home did a lot for me,” he told us. “I want to give back.” Mr. Houston graciously shared […]

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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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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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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 Grayson* and Stella*, 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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