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Palmer Home breaks ground for $8.2M wellness center

The center will be located at Palmer Home’s Panther Creek Ranch campus
Palmer Home for Children groundbreaking for Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center
Palmer Home for Children groundbreaking for Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center(Palmer Home)
Published: May. 18, 2021 at 12:49 PM CDT
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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (WMC) - On Tuesday, Palmer Home for Children’s DeSoto County Campus broke ground for the Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center, named in honor of a longtime Palmer Home board member.

The $8.2 million project is said to be the heart of the residential campus, complete with suites for academics, counseling and administrative support, as well as meeting rooms, a full-court gym and an outdoor pool.

“For 125 years, the Lord has been faithful to Palmer Home, and the ability to bring our dream of the Dr. Hugh Francis, Jr. Wellness Center to life is a testament to His goodness,” said Palmer Home President and CEO Drake Bassett. “We are so thankful for our community of supporters who helped make this day possible. We look forward to serving children and families at the Wellness Center for decades to come.”

Palmer Home is a privately funded, faith-based organization that provides care for vulnerable children, including campus care, foster care, family care and transitional care.

VP of Communications, Lauren Waites says roughly half of the children under the care of Palmer Home’s DeSoto operations come from Memphis.

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