About Us

The Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, Georgia is a Christ-centered, fully licensed and accredited home offering a second chance to young men since 1961. The Home focuses on helping transform the lives of troubled young men and their families from all over the country, meeting them at their point of need, and providing a Christian home environment in which they can rebuild their broken lives through a process of recovery, restoration, and redemption.

With a friendly Southern style and a beautiful campus, the Home works with young men between the ages of 16-21. Although the majority are facing some form of incarceration, instead of serving time, they are learning to serve one another and the entire Home. As long as they are with us, they get up every morning to run a mile and then go to a morning job on the campus; everyone has a specific responsibility. They cook and clean for themselves, have Bible Study and devotions, and attend our fully accredited, on-campus school, to complete their high-school education. Their fundamental lessons are rooted in building Christian values and a tenacious work ethic.

We provide a holistic program that involves setting focused, individualized goals, tracking their progress, and maintaining accountability for all parties involved (mentors, social workers, administration, and the young man himself). Individual Service Plans (ISP) are tailored to meet each young man’s specific needs at the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual levels.

Our Program


Spiritual Development

Transition Program

Educational Opportunities

Addiction Treatment

350-Mile Bike Ride To Raise Funds and Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Paul Anderson Youth Home

Paul Anderson Youth Home continued its 60th-anniversary celebration with the 17th Annual Bike Ride. Over the course of five days, five of the boys of the Home traveled over 350 miles by bicycle on routes along the eastern coastline of central Florida, with a home base in Flagler Beach. The ride symbolizes the commitment these young men have to their physical, mental, and spiritual growth. If you would like to contribute, text BIKE RIDE to 71777 or visit payhbikeride.com.

Celebrating Our 60th Anniversary

It seems incredibly fitting that the Olympic Games would take place in 2021, the year of Paul Anderson Youth Home’s 60th Anniversary!

Our Founder and Georgia Native, Paul Anderson overcame Bright’s Disease to win the gold medal in weightlifting as a super heavyweight during the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, and then dedicated his life to helping others and planting God’s Word in their hearts. Our ministry is truly OLYMPIC STRONG.

Now, sixty years and more than 1,400 individuals later, the Home and ministry continue to transform lives each day by helping young men turn away from incarceration and toward God. Just as you and your family have been impacted by Covid-19, the boys who attend this program face additional challenges that quarantine, illness of family members, and emotional turbulence add to their already fragile lives. It is our hope that we can renew their sense of stability and alleviate some of the stress caused by these issues.

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will, and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

Similarly, Paul Anderson Youth Home needs your support, strength, and passion to accomplish the mission of “giving boys second chances.”

This critical work could not be accomplished without the generous support of our community. Our Heavenly Father has been faithful to sustain this ministry for 60 years, and with your support, we can continue transforming the lives of young men who are struggling for many more years to come.

A changed life is truly priceless. We thank you sincerely for your continued love, prayers and support of Paul Anderson Youth Home.

To make a donation, please click on the donate button. Alternatively, you can also text 60for60more to the number 41444.

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At Paul Anderson Youth Home, I learned how to put others before myself, as well as the joy that selflessness brings. I also developed a solid work ethic and am now very driven to succeed.


At PAYH I have rebuilt myself both physically and mentally, and have improved my relationship with my entire family.


Without God, my mom, and PAYH, I wouldn’t be where I am today. God pointed us to PAYH and it saved our family.


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