Many people create a picture in their minds of what a children’s home must look like. But when someone visits Palmer Home’s Hernando campus, nestled in the middle of 145 acres of woods and a 75 acre lake, it blows all those stereotypes out of the water. Just a simple tour of the campus, learning about Palmer Home’s history and hearing what we’re doing right now to restore children quickly changes their perception.

For the last seven years, Kirby and Glenn Floyd have partnered with Palmer Home to host a dinner party on Thursday evening and the Panther Creek Ranch Dove Hunt on their property, located adjacent from Palmer Home’s Hernando Campus the following Saturday. This event provides a great opportunity for DeSoto county and Memphis residents to visit the campus and interact with children and staff.  With help from the Floyds, this event has turned into a phenomenal opportunity to help spread the word about how Palmer Home continues to Make Lives Whole.

Kirby originally approached Palmer Home about co-hosting the event as a way to introduce her family and friends to Palmer Home. She served as a relief caregiver for Palmer Home in her 20s, and has been passionate about the mission ever since.  While this year’s exclusive sponsor dove hunt takes place on Saturday morning, September 8, the Floyds will also host a sold out dinner party, Shotguns & Sunflowers, on Thursday, September 6, to bring the community together to learn more about the mission of Palmer Home.

On the day of the hunt, participants always hear firsthand about the mission but, more importantly, they get to interact with children affected by the work.

“It’s a unique opportunity for families, some who may be unfamiliar with Palmer Home, to not only hear about the joy the organization brings, but also to witness it in person,” said Kristin Budzak, Palmer Home Community Development Coordinator.

We are so thankful for the many sponsors who have invested in this event. We are proud to say that Shotguns & Sunflowers 2018 is completely sold out!

Even so, you can still get involved in the mission of Palmer Home. Learn more today!

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 in the courtroom.

According to their website, Children’s Rights, with a counsel of lawyers acting on behalf of every Mississippi child in the custody of the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), filed a lawsuit against DFCS alleging violations of the state’s obligations to protect the abused and neglected children in its custody, and of the children’s constitutional rights to due process. While settlements were reached and substantial reforms were made, more than a decade later, many regions continued to lag behind. Fast forward to today, and the state admits that it never actually complied with many of the mandatory regulations put into place to start with. Mississippi must now attempt to avoid becoming the first state to have its child welfare program put into receivership, in which an outside agency would be hired to run the system.

The Times reported that as of December 2015, the state recognized 1,486 licensed foster homes for the over 5,000 children in its care. Additionally, over 4,000 children are monitored by the state, while not being under its custody. This brings the number of documented at-risk children to almost 10,000. They also uncovered accounts of overwhelmed social workers leaving a child in an abusive situation or even destroying evidence of abuse in order to keep from adding to an already unmanageable caseload. While Governor Bryant has been quick to engage the situation, naming former Supreme Court Justice David Chandler as head of DFCS, the previous legislative session met only a fourth of his requested budget increase. It has become increasingly evident that while the need is astronomical, the resources are slim.

Enter Palmer Home for Children—an organization that has provided an alternative to the state foster care system for children in need since 1895.

Today, Palmer Home and its affiliates care for over 100 children, through residential care and foster care networks. While the need is still great, their impact cannot be ignored. President and CEO Drake Bassett says the organization is ready to become an even larger part of the solution.

Under Bassett’s leadership, Palmer Home for Children has drawn on 120 years of experience in childcare to develop the Whole Child Initiative, a comprehensive approach to caring for children that addresses the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of each child that comes into their care. Palmer Home is actively involved in training and equipping individuals and families through the Whole Child Initiative. Bassett describes the vision as a way to build “a privately funded foster care network that relieves financial pressure from the state and delivers people committed to doing this for all the right reasons.” He adds, “Our organization is prepared to work closely with Dr. Chandler and state officials to address the ongoing need and provide an answer for the children of Mississippi.”

As the 2016 legislative session continues and lawmakers work to decide the fate of the state-run system, Palmer Home for Children continues its mission. The results they see are nothing short of remarkable. From children improving by multiple grade levels in a single school year, to young adults regaining even the slightest proclivity for affection and trust, lives are being restored every day. Some might even call it a miracle. In light of tragedies revealed by The New York Times, one thing is for sure—lives are being transformed through Palmer Home for Children.

 

“Shotguns & Sunflowers” following the 

6th Annual Panther Creek Ranch Dove Hunt

An evening of great food, live music, and a premier silent auction

 

Hernando, MS – Kirby and Glenn Floyd invite the Memphis and surrounding Mid-South community to support the children of Palmer Home on Sunday, September 6, 2015 by attending “Shotguns & Sunflowers,” an evening of family friendly entertainment, southern cuisine, live music, and a premier silent auction following the 6th Annual Panther Creek Ranch Dove Hunt. All proceeds benefit the ministries of Palmer Home for Children, a safe harbor for children who need a home and a family.

“Shotguns and Sunflowers” begins at 6:30 p.m. at Panther Creek Ranch in Hernando, MS. Tickets are on sale for $100.00 per person and $40.00 for children under 13 years of age and can be found through the events page at www.palmerhome.org/dovehunt.

“The Shotguns & Sunflowers party, combined with our annual Dove Hunt, is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the mission of Palmer Home. This event helps raise the necessary funds to provide for the children in their care who come from various backgrounds -whether it is abandonment, neglect or abuse. Despite their situation, these ‘Modern Orphans’ have arrived to Palmer Home broken and every sponsor, volunteer and attendee supports one mission – to Make Lives Whole,” says Kirby Floyd, event host.

Attendees can expect an evening of live music by Wolf River Rednecks, one of Memphis’ most popular bands. The silent auction features a variety of items that appeal to all including tickets to the sold out Daryl Hall and John Oates concert at Live at the Garden, multiple concert packages to artists performing at Snowden Grove, a private day of guided fishing, and much more! Alongside the silent auction and live music for the adult crowd, there will be activities for the kids including a bounce house and slide, and an outdoor movie on the big screen complete with popcorn, cotton candy and a s’mores station!

For more event information or to inquire about sponsorships or silent auction donations for “Shotguns & Sunflowers” contact Kellum Kim, Director of Marketing at Palmer Home for Children. She can be reached at kkim@palmerhome.org or 662-327-5339.

Tickets can be easily accessed at here: www.palmerhome.org/dovehunt

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About Palmer Home for Children
Since 1895, Palmer Home for Children has been a leader in residential childcare with a mission to provide long-term care to children who lack an adequate family structure. Palmer Home is a faith driven organization acting on the conviction that Christians have a responsibility to care for orphans. Privately funded, Palmer Home relies on the gifts of those who believe in its mission to extend compassion and do justice for those who cannot defend themselves. Our work is to soften the hearts that have been hardened by grief and create a place “Where Hope Still Grows.” For more information, please visit www.palmerhome.org.

Palmer Home for Children Announces
3rd Annual Radiothon on SuperTalk Mississippi Network

Columbus, Mississippi – Palmer Home for Children is excited to announce its 3rd Annual Radiothon on SuperTalk Mississippi Network on June 25, 2015. In honor of Palmer Home’s 120-year anniversary, the goal for the 2015 Radiothon is to raise $120,000.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, listeners can tune into SuperTalk Mississippi Network and hear directly from children, alumni, staff, and supporters of Palmer Home. Radio guests will share the organization’s history, mission, and personal testimonies on how the ministry has impacted their lives. Special guests will include country recording artist and author Jimmy Wayne, a chancery court judge, alumni and former Miss Mississippi Christine Spain (formerly Christine McClamrock), and more.

“We are looking forward to working with SuperTalk Mississippi again this summer,” said Josh Whelan, Vice President of Development for Palmer Home. “Because we are a privately-funded organization we rely on our supporters to help us impact the lives of over 100 children in our care. Partners like SuperTalk allow us to not only create an environment of hope, but to restore the lives of children in need. We are truly grateful for SuperTalk and their commitment to our mission.”

The 12-hour Radiothon will broadcast live from Palmer Home for Children’s Columbus, Mississippi campus. All three major talk shows, The Gallo Radio Show, The JT Show, and Head to Head will showcase the positive impact Palmer Home has had on the children in their care. Listeners are encouraged to keep up with the conversation throughout the day by listening to one of the 11 SuperTalk Mississippi Network stations, listening online at www.supertalk.fm, and by following @PalmerHomeMS and @SuperTalk on Twitter for highlights from the day.

“Regardless of their circumstance or family situation, every child needs someone to love them and be in their corner,” said Drake Bassett, President and CEO of Palmer Home. “Palmer Home provides educational and emotional support, great experiences with great people, a stable home environment, and the presence of a faith-based community. Everyone here is invested in the success of these children.”

Listeners are encouraged to call in and support Palmer Home during the Radiothon with donations and financial pledges. The money raised will directly impact the children in Palmer Home’s ministries.

“Our ability to rescue and restore children will grow in two ways – through more caregivers and through financial resources,” explained Bassett. “Every gift increases our reach and allows us to say yes to more children.”

There are two matching gifts committed for Radiothon this year. Cadence Bank and an anonymous donor will both give $15,000 each to help reach this year’s $120,000 goal. But Palmer Home will need support to reach the $15,000 and $30,000 benchmarks to ensure the matches are met.

“It is a tremendous honor to be able to use the statewide reach of SuperTalk Mississippi to raise funds and awareness for Palmer Home,” said Steve Davenport, CEO of SuperTalk Mississippi. “Palmer Home has had their doors open for 120 years, we need your help to continue their efforts in housing and raising children in need in Mississippi.”

Listeners can make donations and pledges during the Radiothon by calling 662-245-4642, visiting www.palmerhome.org, or by texting “donate” to 41444 with the keyword PALMER.

For more information, please contact Katharine Hewlett at 662-328-5704 ext. 166 or khewlett@palmerhome.org.

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About Palmer Home for Children
Since 1895, Palmer Home for Children, a privately funded non-profit, has been a leader in residential childcare with a mission to provide long-term care to children who lack an adequate family structure. For more information, please go to www.palmerhome.org.