Help Us Build the Heart of Our Home

Together with the support of our donors, Palmer Home is building The Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center to restore hope for children on our Hernando campus. Please consider making a donation to support its construction and help us build the heart of our home.

The Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center


A multipurpose focal point of the Hernando campus, the wellness center will be our largest gathering space for group and individualized activities as well as an event space to engage the public without compromising the privacy of our children.


Palmer Home is 100% donation based. Most donations go towards operational expenses. Your donation goes directly toward the construction of the wellness center so that we don’t tap into other revenue streams.


Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. is a faithful friend and servant to Palmer Home for Children. His personal commitment to the scriptural mandate to care for children led him to Palmer Home in 1968, and his mission ever since has been to provide care for every child who needs hope.

Bringing the Whole Child to Life

Learn more about the Whole Child Initiative and how our wellness center will help us address the individual needs of every child.

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How can I give?

The easiest way to donate is online. Every donation goes directly toward funding the wellness center.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are we expanding?

    The commitment to adding new structures will improve efficiency and safety and provide a sense of community. Most importantly, these investments will allow Palmer Home to better serve the children in our care and welcome those in need. The Hernando campus began with the dedication of three cottages in 2003 and has expanded to include a chapel, outdoor pavilion and three additional cottages. Our next step is to complete the Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center. In the coming years the campus will also construct four additional cottages, allowing us to serve up to 100 children.

  • When is construction happening?

    The next phase of the Hernando expansion will be to construct the Wellness Center. We will break ground on the Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center in 2019. Construction is expected to be completed by 2020. Timeline 2003 – Open IPC, Cooke-Miller and Reeves Cottages 2004 – Hope Chapel and Grace Home construction completed 2005 – Lighthouse construction completed (administrative/counseling offices) 2006 – Outdoor pavilion construction completed 2017 – Carlisle, Lee and Etheridge cottages construction completed 2020 – Complete Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center

  • How much will this cost?

    The Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center is projected to cost $5.5 million. The center will include administrative, counseling and educational suites; a large multipurpose room for hosting campus and community gatherings; a gymnasium; and an outdoor pool.

  • How will I be recognized?

    Campaign donors will be recognized through various communications pieces, unless donors choose to be anonymous. Additionally, part of the building will be dedicated to thanking our generous supporters. All financial information is kept confidential.

  • Are there naming opportunities?

    Naming opportunities are available for donors to consider. These opportunities can honor individuals, a loved one, churches, civic groups, individual rooms, the counseling suite, gym and more are available.

  • What are ways to donate to the Wellness Center?

    Friends of Palmer Home may help make this dream a reality by making a donation designated for the Wellness Center. Donors may choose to make a one-time gift or spread their commitment over months or years. Gifts may be made online, through the mail (P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703) or over the phone (855-672-5637). If you would like to discuss making a pledge, please contact our Development team at Gifts to the Wellness Center will be used for that specific purpose and will be held separately from the general operating fund.

For specific questions, a member of our development staff would be happy to share details on naming opportunities and completing pledge commitments. For more information or for help, please contact

Help Us Build the Heart of Our Home