Palmer Home for Children

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For more than 125 years, Palmer Home has empowered children in critical situations to reach their true potential by providing restorative environments that support healthy development and nurture resilience.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Palmer Home for Children
PO Box 746
Columbus, MS 39703


Phone: 855-672-5637


Organization details

EIN: 640334999

CEO/President: Drake Vassett

Chairman: Trip Hairston

Board size: 15

Founder: William States Jacobs

Year founded: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


Our proprietary approach to care provides a trauma informed, holistic, and relationally centered foundation and guides all that we do. We seek to help vulnerable children overcome trauma and position them to thrive in home, school and community life. Whole Child Initiative operates through four core principles:

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.

Mission statement

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. Whether on campus or off, each child served by Palmer Home has a safe place to call home with trustworthy, supportive adults to guide them as they grow and develop into all that God created them to be. Palmer Home provides holistic care to each child based on their unique physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating789 of 81717 of 19
Fund acquisition rating732 of 81716 of 19
Resource allocation rating616 of 81716 of 19
Asset utilization rating767 of 81718 of 19

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$646,927$891,953$851,381$879,706$194,719
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$9,155,814
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,326,714$2,271,720$4,967,880$4,907,313$12,862,673
Long-term investments$10,463,369$9,969,999$8,935,372$9,426,679$0
Fixed assets$7,774,132$7,853,093$5,586,962$5,552,254$5,802,792
Other long-term assets$1,866,749$1,850,704$1,840,393$1,880,725$1,827,733
Total long-term assets$20,104,250$19,673,796$16,362,727$16,859,658$7,630,525
Total assets$23,430,964$21,945,516$21,330,607$21,766,971$20,493,198
Payables and accrued expenses$314,619$345,834$246,187$264,213$273,235
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$314,619$345,834$246,187$264,213$273,235
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$423,013$503,618$555,101$603,464$805,495
Total long-term liabilities$430,813$613,081$901,742$1,181,964$1,667,435
Total liabilities$745,432$958,915$1,147,929$1,446,177$1,940,670
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$2,468,940$2,118,165$3,908,754$3,523,584$1,948,430
Permanently restricted$7,927,641$7,375,263$6,667,649$6,990,644$6,904,621
Net assets$22,685,532$20,986,601$20,182,678$20,320,794$18,552,528
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Total contributions$5,926,708$5,330,192$5,690,503$7,020,593$5,995,875
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$70,590$61,277$35,167($13,393)$417,003
Other revenue$1,643,957$1,736,954$181,262$637,865$1,419,351
Total other revenue$1,714,547$1,798,231$216,429$624,472$1,836,354
Total revenue$7,641,255$7,128,423$5,906,932$7,645,065$7,832,229
Program services$4,285,933$4,248,351$4,048,962$4,034,407$3,965,559
Management and general$635,008$838,709$885,422$741,624$719,762
Total expenses$5,942,324$6,324,500$6,045,048$5,879,709$5,817,373
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$1,698,931$803,923($138,116)$1,765,356$2,014,856
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,698,931$803,923($138,116)$1,765,356$2,014,856


Drake BassettPresident & CEO$221,159
Sarah HollisV.p. of Engagement$132,464
Robert FarrisV.p. of Strategic Initiati$117,184
Carol WrightV.p. of Business Affairs$108,084

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2018

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/3/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Take a look at Palmer Home's history, beginning with a biblical call and hope to communicate the love of Christ to children in need.

1895 - A year after moving to Columbus, Mississippi, to lead the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, William States Jacobs calls on his church to establish a home to care for children in need. Palmer Orphanage is awarded a formal charter.

1899 - Palmer Orphanage officially opens with 20 boys and girls in its care, doubling its numbers and adding more dormitories within five years.

1919 - John Frierson takes his father's place as superintendent of Palmer Home, continuing William Frierson's legacy of investing in each child's spiritual development. The Frierson family embraced the children in their care, transforming the orphanage into a large, loving family.

1950s - After the orphanage and its people withstood some of the country's most difficult times in history, including World Wars I and II and the Great Depression, J.O. "Papa Joe" Davis was named superintendent and transitioned Palmer to cottage-style family housing.

1970s - Palmer Orphanage no longer described the home setting it offered. This was reflected in its name change-it would now be known as Palmer Home.

1981 - Palmer Home voted to become independent of direct church control yet retained its Christ-centered mission and involvement with churches throughout the country.

1990 - Palmer Home purchased land to expand the ministry to Hernando, Mississippi.

1995 - Palmer Home celebrated 100 years of service.

1997 - Palmer Home installed greenhouses on the Columbus campus to help children learn to grow plants and vegetables.

2000s - Palmer Home developed and solidified expansion plans for the Hernando campus, building three cottage-style homes, Hope Chapel, and Grace Home for the campus director.

2012 - Current President and CEO Drake Bassett took the helm of Palmer Home, focusing on expanding the scope of care.

2014 - Palmer Home established the Whole Child Initiative, a model of care designed to address the unique and varying physical, educational, spiritual and emotional needs of each child in Palmer Home's care. This approach helps caregivers guide children through their trauma and into better capacities to thrive at home, in school, and in their communities.

2014 - Palmer Home partnered with Jonah's Journey in Nashville, Tennessee to expand services to children of incarcerated mothers.

2017 - Three new cottage-style homes were constructed and dedicated on the Hernando campus.

2019 - The Palmer Home board of directors vote to close the historic Columbus campus and consolidate all residential Campus Care activities to the Panther Creek Ranch campus in Hernando.

2019 - Palmer Home embraced a new strategic direction by building on its residential history, now termed Campus Care, and introduced three new service lines: Foster Care, Family Care, and Transitional Care.

2019 - Palmer Home broke ground on the Dr. Hugh J. Francis, Jr. Wellness Center with a targeted completion date of 2021.

Program accomplishments


Palmer Home began as a small orphanage and has grown into a robust ministry impacting the lives of children in need. You can help that legacy continue. Whether it's financial donations or getting involved, you can support Palmer Home's mission to help children in need.