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 campus outside Hernando, Miss. 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 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, but your donation goes directly toward the construction of the wellness center.


Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. was a faithful friend and servant to Palmer Home for Children since 1968. His personal commitment to the scriptural mandate to care for children led him to Palmer Home, and his mission was 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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Naming Opportunities

Naming opportunities to honor loved ones, organizations, businesses or families are available throughout 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.

  • When is construction happening?

    Throughout the years, Palmer Home’s campus has undergone upgrades and additions, culminating with the completion of the wellness center.

    • 2003 –Independent Presbyterian Church, Cooke-Miller and Reeves Cottages opened
    • 2004 – Hope Chapel and Grace Home construction completed
    • 2005 – Lighthouse renovation completed (administrative/counseling offices)
    • 2006 – Outdoor pavilion construction completed
    • 2017 – Carlisle, Lee and Etheridge cottages opened
    • 2021 – Groundbreaking of Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center


    We look forward to opening the wellness center to offer hope to children in our care.

  • How much will this cost?

    The Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center is projected to cost $8.2 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 donors be recognized?

    Campaign donors will be recognized through various communication 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.

  • How can I donate to the wellness center?

    You can help make this dream a reality by designating a donation 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