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PAYH Bike Ride

In 1961, Paul Anderson, an Olympic gold medalist and world champion weightlifter, hopped on a bike and rode from Vidalia, Ga. to Omaha, Neb. for one sole purpose: to raise the much-needed funds to found a Christian home for troubled young men. Now 60 years later, the Paul Anderson Youth Home celebrates more than 1,400 lives changed through a process of recovery, restoration, and redemption.

It is only fitting that we hold this year’s 16th annual Paul Anderson Bike Ride in Paul’s hometown of Toccoa, Ga. from July 19th to July 23rd as we continue to commemorate that original ride. Our prayer is that this will be a transformative experience for each of the five young men riding a total of more than 300 miles.

To these young men, this is much more than a bike ride. This ride is their chance to demonstrate how far they’ve come physically, mentally, and spiritually – and to prove to themselves that with hard work, they can do anything.

Supporters can contribute to the Bike Ride by sponsoring one of the young men participating. In doing so, you’re making much more than a tax-deductible contribution; you are making an investment in God’s kingdom that will make an eternal difference in the lives of these young men.

Our hope is that the boys who spend time at PAYH leave us with a renewed sense of purpose, self-discipline, and determination. With your support, we can reach this year’s goal of raising $150,000, thus further introducing young men to Jesus Christ, who can transform their lives for eternity.

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We are so excited to let everyone know that we have just received a $25,000 challenge grant. What makes this gift even more thrilling is that it came from one of our precious PAYH alumni.

This will allow your contribution to be doubled up to $25,000! Remember, we are not just contributing to a fundraiser, but we are imparting a great future into the lives of these young men.

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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.


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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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