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Palmer Home to merge with ministry

February 21, 2014

For nearly 100 years, the Palmer Home for Children has worked to care for those most vulnerable, children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect or suffered the loss of their parents with nowhere else to go.

Now, the privately-funded organization which provides food, housing, education, medical and spiritual shelter is seeking to expand those efforts beyond the borders of its two campuses in Columbus and Hernando. Robert Farris, Palmer Home executive vice president, said the organization had been working on a merger with Jonah’s Journey, a Nashville, Tenn., ministry associated with the Long Hollow Baptist Church which seeks to place infants born to incarcerated women with Christian “caregiver families.” Infants placed with families remain in their care until a time when they can be reunited with their mothers or adopted into permanent family care. It’s a program which Palmer Home officials and the executive board feels is a good fit for Palmer Home’s existing operations.

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