Paul Anderson Youth Home
The Paul Anderson Youth Home has been offering a second chance to troubled young men since 1961. This Christ-centered home, located in Vidalia, Georgia, has a friendly Southern style and a beautiful campus that welcomes young men from all over the country. The Home’s mission is to help transform the lives of these young men and their families, by meeting them at their point of need and providing a safe, Christian environment where they can rebuild their broken lives through a process of recovery, restoration, and redemption.
The Home works with young men between the ages of 16-21, the majority of whom are facing some form of incarceration. Instead of serving time, they are learning to serve one another and the entire Home. Every morning, they get up to run a mile and then go to a morning job on the campus. They cook and clean for themselves, have Bible Study and devotions, and attend an on-campus school to complete their high-school education. Through this routine, the young men learn to build Christian values and a strong work ethic.
The Home’s holistic program involves setting focused, individualized goals, tracking progress, and maintaining accountability for all parties involved. Individual Service Plans (ISP) are tailored to meet each young man’s specific needs at the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual levels. The young men receive support from mentors, social workers, and administration, in addition to the Home’s staff. By providing a comprehensive program, the Home helps these young men to become better versions of themselves and to be productive members of society.