Paul Anderson Youth Home Earns Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

CARF approval underscores the high standards of the Christ-centered youth home.

(VIDALIA, GA) Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) announced they have received a three-year accreditation by CARF, an independent nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services needed for the best possible results.

“We are thrilled to receive this international accreditation as it earnestly demonstrates to our families we serve, our stakeholders, and other organizations that we not only meet but exceed the industry standards,” said PAYH Vice President for Outreach and Compliance Betty Burris. Attaining this prestigious recognition is an organization-wide effort with all departments playing an important role. Burris spent the better part of two months working on it. “It shows we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our services,” she added.

CARF accreditation is based on compliance with industry standards for group homes and rehabilitation facilities. It also equips PAYH to better serve the young men in their care. Developed over 50 years ago by international service providers, policymakers, family members and consumers, CARF standards are submitted to the public for review to validate relevancy and ensure valuable input from all participants.

Among the many strengths noted in CARF’s findings are the vision and dedication of co-founder and Executive Director Glenda Anderson Leonard, described in the report as, “a dedicated, compassionate person who made a personal commitment years ago to better serve young men who were in need of a Christian approach to treatment.”

The CARF report also cited the leadership of the board of directors and the staff as, “committed, creative, and innovative; actively seeking and embracing new ideas, and demonstrating a willingness to develop and enhance the organization’s existing services.”

According to the findings, the young men served by PAYH also reported a high level of satisfaction with the program and the respect they receive in the program.

Paul Anderson Youth Home, Vidalia Georgia, accredited and licensed home offering a second chance to young men in crisis

PAYH is also accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) for fiscal transparency, Cognia for high school diploma standards, and is licensed by the Georgia Department of Human Services.

Founded in 1961 by weightlifting world champion Paul Anderson and his wife, Glenda, the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) is a Christian residential program and on-campus school for young men between the ages of 16 and 21 struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger and depression. PAYH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to counseling and character development, PAYH offers an accelerated learning program enabling residents to graduate with a high school diploma and technical certifications. To date, over 1,400 young men have attended the program. The Home is located at 1603 McIntosh St. in Vidalia, GA. To learn more about PAYH, call (912) 537-7237 or visit

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing

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