Fiscal Year 2023 Impact

Palmer Home provides superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our service to each individual child.

Palmer Home ensures restorative environments where children feel safe, connected, and supported. Your support provides a tangible impact in the lives of children and families who need it most.

A Note from Drake

I am incredibly grateful for another year of growth at Palmer Home! Faithful supporters like you rallied around our mission, and together we were able to serve more than 280 children and families this year.

Our Mission

Palmer Home is a 100% donation-based nonprofit with the mission to provide superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our service to each individual child.

Children Served

Hundreds of children and families were served thanks to your generosity and support. Six children in our care found forever homes, while 22 were safely reunited with biological family members.

Know a child in need of care? Visit our referral link below. All referrals are confidential.

Funding for Their Future

Your generous gifts allow us to support the physical, emotional, clinical, academic, and social needs of hundreds of children each and every year.

Healthy Relationships Heal

“A child who has not learned to trust another person will struggle to trust God. Faith is grown as caring adults prove trustworthy, opening a door for children to trusth their lives to Jesus."

- Drake Bassett, President & CEO

Services We Provide

Campus Care

Our residential campus for children provides a Christ-centered family atmosphere where children feel safe, connected to trustworthy adults, and supported as they grow and develop in our care. Each child is placed with a caregiver couple in one of our six on-campus homes.

Foster Care

Our foster care program allows children the opportunity to experience the support and connection of a family while in the care of Palmer Home. We provide private foster care through Palmer Home certified families.

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Family Care

Our family care ministry provides nurturing care for the infants of mothers in prison. Additionally, we provide support to mothers in prison and after release. With reunification as the ultimate goal, our certified foster families work to cultivate the bond between the mother and child in their care.

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Transitional Care

Our transitional program provides continued guidance and coaching for children between the ages of 18 – 24. Our goal is to prepare each child for independence through career and vocational development, as well as other life-skills to succeed as young adults.

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Engaging the Whole Child

Children with a history of trauma have unique physical, emotional, social,
educational, and spiritual needs that must be addressed before they can
heal, grow, and thrive.

Our Approach to Care

Palmer Home provides superior care to children who have been impacted by childhood adversity and trauma. Our trauma informed, holistic, and relationally-centered approach to care, called Whole Child Initiative, is built around four core principles: Whole Story, Whole Child, Whole Team, and Whole Caregiver. Whole Child Initiative seeks to help vulnerable children overcome trauma and thrive in home, school, and community life.

Whole Story

Children’s needs are best understood and met in the context of their history and the impact it has on their life. Taking into account their full story allows us to insightfully respond to the effects of early life adversity.

Whole Child

Children with a history of trauma have unique physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual needs. Each of these must be addressed for the healing process to begin.

Whole Team

A collaborative team of caregivers, staff, community professionals, and the child’s family members come together to develop a trauma responsive plan of care.

Whole Caregiver

Healthy relationships with children require healthy caregivers. We equip our caregivers with regular training, relevant resources, respite and ongoing support.

Every Story Matters

Because of your generosity, our Transitional program allows young adults the opportunity to thrive as they learn how to navigate adulthood.

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Changing a Family's Trajectory

Behind every number in this report are stories of hope and changed lives. We are especially proud of one of the mothers in our Family Care program, Katie. Over the past five years, Katie’s family has become part of our own.

Like many of the women we serve, Katie was first introduced to Palmer Home Family Care while incarcerated.

Today, Katie’s twins – a boy and a girl – are four years old. Katie is enrolled in school, working full-time, and saving money to buy a home for her family. Katie also has a 15-year-old son, who she says was also served by our Family Care staff.

Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center

In May of 2022, we opened the doors to the heart of our home for the first time. Since its opening, the Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center has served more than 350 children through academic support, clinical counseling, and medical care.

With classrooms, counseling suites, therapy rooms, and recreational areas, the Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center provides a space for hope and healing in accordance with our Whole Child Initiative.

Welcome New Board Members

"Amy, Tim, and George bring valuable skills and experience to the palmer home board. We look forward to the leadership and vision they will bring to our mission as we continue to expand.” - Karen Carlisle, Board President

Newest Board Members

We were honored to welcome three new board members this year.

Amy Brown

Amy Brown of Hernando is Senior Vice President, Legal Compliance Counsel at Sedgwick in Memphis, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions. Amy and her family are long-time supporters of Palmer Home’s mission and serve as a foster family.

Tim Edmondson

Tim Edmondson of Vardaman, Mississippi helps lead Edmondson Farms, a diverse family farming operation. The company is an innovator in the production, packaging, sales, and shipment of sweet potatoes, growing and selling more than 100 million pounds of sweet potatoes each year, among other crops. Edmondson Farms has supported Palmer Home and its regional events for years, including Tailgate for Palmer at Mississippi State University and Ole Miss.

George Sousoulas

George Sousoulas of Memphis is Managing Director, Assistant Regional Director, Branch Manager of Stephens, a leading family-owned investment firm. George and his family are long-time supporters of Palmer Home.

Plan Your Legacy

If you are interested in legacy gift opportunities, please reach out to

Plan Your Legacy

Celebrating a Decade of Radiothon

“For the past 10 years, our partnership with Palmer Home has had an impact on the lives of Mississippi children and young adults, and each dollar that our fellow Mississippians have given continues to restore and strengthen children as they find their safe haven in Palmer Home.” - Kim Dillon, President & CEO - Supertalk Mississippi Media

A Powerful Partnership

Palmer Home celebrated a decade-long partnership with Supertalk Mississippi through the annual Radiothon benefiting children in our care.

Countless Children Impacted
$2.4 Million Raised
120+ Hours on Air

Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders

"My dream is to be a social worker, and after I graduated from Northwest, Palmer Home helped me find a great social work program so that I can pursue my dream." - Olivia, Transitional Care

Discovery Camp 2023

Palmer Home’s Discovery Camp relies on the support of organizations and professionals like you. In addition to sharing more about your industry and organization, you can support Discovery Camp through designated financial donations to cover meals and other necessary supplies.

Ways to Get Involved

Become a Monthly Donor

Help sustain our mission by becoming a Palmer Home Hero. There is no gift too small. Monthly giving is an easy and consistent way for you to help make lives whole and be a part of a dedicated group that provides a sustainable impact.

Become a Hero
Host a Fundraiser

Involve your community and get started in your own personal fundraiser! For example, on your birthday, you can ask for donations in lieu of gifts. You can also organize an event with proceeds going to Palmer Home.

Become a Mentor

These powerful, rewarding relationships bring hope for children in our care, impacting their lives for the better. As a mentor, you serve as an extended network of support for a child - sharing in birthday parties, holidays, and church activities; attending events like ball games and recitals; teaching a teen to drive; and so much more.

Provide Respite Care

Make an impact in the lives of both children and houseparents! Being a Respite Caregiver means providing short-term care (1-3 nights) for children at Palmer Home. Respite Caregivers commit to serving once a month or every other month to ensure they are building relationships with the children they care for and the caregivers they support

Respite Care

View the Annual Impact Report

Read the stories above and more in the annual impact report. Click the button below to view or download to learn more about how funds are allocated to Children's Services to support housing, education, caregivers, and more.