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Paul Anderson Youth Home 2020 Christmas Family Extravaganza
Dec 09, 2020

Paul Anderson Youth Home 2020 Christmas Family Extravaganza

The Christ-centered youth home’s annual Christmas celebration raises funds, awareness and spirits.

(VIDALIA, GA) Paul Anderson Youth Home, a fully accredited and licensed home offering a second chance to young men in crisis, held their annual Christmas party at the First Baptist Church of Vidalia. In order to comply with changes due to the pandemic, the event was unlike the traditional dinner theater show. This year the evening began with a “Jingle Mingle” featuring delectable Christmas goodies and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by a lineup of singers, musicians, a jazz ensemble, youth choir and more.

“Our 17th annual Christmas celebration promised to be different, with a new and exciting program of entertainment,” said Glenda Anderson, Co-founder of Paul Anderson Youth Home. “And while we are excited to celebrate the Holy season, we couldn’t wait to share the mission of our ministry and remind our local community about the important work we have been doing for nearly 60 years,” she added.

Paul Anderson Youth Home staff members Eileen Whitfield (Right) and Steven Richardson (Left) perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

Paul Anderson Youth Home staff members Eileen Whitfield (Right) and Steven Richardson (Left) perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

At Paul Anderson Youth Home, the endless distractions and commercialization of Christmas are put on pause. Instead, the home celebrates the birth of Christ, slowing down the hectic nature of the season to allow a focus on its true meaning. The Christmas Family Extravaganza finds that balance of celebrating God’s gifts and having fun while supporting such a worthy cause.

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The Vidalia Heritage Children’s Choir sing for guests at the Christmas Extravaganza.

Rev. Don Moye of First Baptist Church Vidalia curated the evening’s entertainment. Matthew Kersey, Minister of Music and Worship at Grace Community Presbyterian Church and Jeff McCormick, headmaster at Vidalia Heritage Academy, emceed the show. Performance acts included Bill Torrance as “Uncle Gus”, a piano duet with Marshia Pierce and Kathy Rogers, the Williams Family Trio, PAYH staff members Eileen Whitfield and Steven Richardson, and the Vidalia Heritage Children’s Choir. The evening closed with a special performance by members of the PAYH staff and young men.

“Uncle Gus” and a young man from the Paul Anderson Youth Home perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

“Uncle Gus” and a young man from the Paul Anderson Youth Home perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

As we gather together to celebrate this Christmas season, we are asking everyone to keep an open ear and open heart to spread the word about the Paul Anderson Youth Home and connect us with the families of young men who are struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. Through our spiritual counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, we share Christ with these young men. He is the one who transforms their lives for eternity. Our Christmas Extravaganza is one of the many celebrations held throughout the year to celebrate this important work.

ABOUT PAUL ANDERSON YOUTH HOME

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 www.payh.org.

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Nov 12, 2018

Transition: Moving On With Purpose

At PAYH, we take a hands-on approach with our graduates. Far from simply sending them off and hoping for the best, we take an active role in their lives after graduation as well as the preparation before-hand. Our goal is that our young men re-enter society with all the tools necessary to avoid and resist temptation, and to become and remain productive, God-honoring members of society.
Jonathan is one such young man…

You Can Help Change a Life for Eternity!

Without the generosity of people like you, we would not be able to offer young men like Jonathan the second chance they so desperately need. Through your investment in PAYH, God is working through us to bring young men to Him and transform them from the inside out.
A changed life is priceless.


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Dec 08, 2015

Trevor: Change Starts With One

We see it every day.  Change is real.

I always grew up in a Christian home. Then my dad died when I was 13, and it deeply affected me. It made me question God. That grew from me having doubts to me believing he wasn’t real and, eventually, me hating God altogether.

Growing up, I behaved pretty well, but after my dad died, I coped by doing things that I knew were bad for me. It was a way to get back at God. Over time, things got so bad that I became isolated and would spend days alone. I often wouldn’t eat. I was indifferent toward life. After a while, I came to the realization that none of it was good for me and I should stop – not only for myself, but also for the people I care about.

Coming to the youth home was not my choice, but I accepted it. I made up my mind to take advantage of the opportunities I have. I no longer want to waste my time. Here, I am learning to take care of myself. I am gaining self-control and benefiting from the structure. I value a good work ethic now, I am healthy again, I am doing well in school in a way I never could before, and I no longer hate God.

We say that change starts with one, and I am an example of that. I am not indifferent now. Instead, I care and choose to discipline myself to set positive goals and meet the challenges of life. The growth I can see in myself will impact more than just me, and you are a part of that. When you support the Paul Anderson Youth Home, you support me. We are working together.

So I am asking you to help me and all the boys at the Paul Anderson Youth Home and the boys who will come after me.

Give. Make change possible for other young men like me. Imagine what we can do together.

-Trevor, PAYH 2015


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Sep 08, 2015

The Impact of Eddie Burris


One way to measure the difference made in a life is to see how that difference translates into positive change in the lives of others. Our mission at the Paul Anderson Youth Home is to plant the seeds of God’s word into the lives of our young men and to disciple them in a growing relationship with Him. Our hope is they will share the good seeds planted in them with others, and the change they experienced with us will become a change that grows. Earlier this month, we shared with you part one of a two part video series telling the story of our very own Eddie Burris. The impact of the PAYH on Eddie’s life cannot be overstated. Now, we want to tell you the next chapter of Eddie’s story, how his life has become a catalyst for change in the lives of countless young men.
Eddie is one of the men that work with the boys in our program at Paul Anderson Youth Home.
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Sep 02, 2015

Eddie Burris: A Son’s Example of Service


The history of the Paul Anderson Youth Home is rich with amazing people who have given much. It is a wealth of success stories of boys who came to us broken and in need but went on to become assets to their communities, fathers and husbands, successful businessmen, and trusted leaders. At PAYH, we love to celebrate those successes.
As we consider the amazing list of alumni and staff who have helped shape who we are in significant ways, one name shines above most others: Eddie Burris.
Eddie came to the PAYH as a thirteen-year-old in 1964 and has been a major part of our family ever since. He became a staff member in 1971 and has always been a son to both Paul and Glenda. It is evident in every way he lives that the impact of the PAYH on his life is immeasurable.
Rarely in life do we get to see just how much what we do impacts others. With Eddie, however, the PAYH gets to see on a daily basis how the change formed in him as a boy in our program continues to reach beyond him and his family to impact countless others. We would love to share Eddie’s story with you. This video is the first part of a two part series that celebrates the incredible gift God gave us in the form of a thirteen-year-old, red haired boy back in the early 1960’s and the living legacy he has become.
Eddie is one of the men that work with the boys in our program at Paul Anderson Youth Home.
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Jan 12, 2015

A Family Changed

The parents of a young man, who graduated recently, sent us a note. Their words are evidence of the hope and life your giving brings.
“It is very difficult to adequately describe the trauma – the utter despair and helplessness – we felt watching our smart, funny and loving son seemingly plummet into a dark abyss. It happened right before our eyes as we tried, unsuccessfully, to stop his self-destructive behavior.
With Jesse sitting in a youth detention center for the second time, facing a string of what might be termed petty charges, and the possibility of a lengthy incarceration, we were frightened and frustrated. Convinced that the positive change we desired for our son was not possible in a state run detention center, we searched continuously for an alternative. A chance conversation with a friend led us to the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Donald Connor answered the phone on the day we called and talked with us for several hours, answering our questions and addressing our concerns. On June 10, 2013, backed by a court order, we transported Jesse from the Augusta Youth Detention Center to the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Driving away from our seventeen year old boy, that very first day, was as hard a thing as we have ever done. It was, also, the smartest and bravest thing we have ever done.
The Paul Anderson Youth Home offered a nurturing, caring and disciplined environment for our son. It also offered tremendous support to our family as we worked to rebuild our relationship with him. To be sure, Jesse did not immediately respond to the PAYH teaching of God, others and self. He also failed, initially, to appreciate the philosophy of hard work, education and physical health as a means to overall wellbeing. There were many ups and downs throughout his time, and there were days when he pushed the limits and faced expulsion from the program. Thankfully, the counselors and staff continued to believe in Jesse, even when Jesse did not believe in himself.
A heart to heart conversation with a staff member, about nine months into the program, was a turning point for Jesse as he finally started to understand his role in the world – that respect for others was vital to developing respect for oneself. Following this breakthrough, we began to see a bright-eyed, smart and engaging boy we recognized. His self-confidence grew and he started making plans for his future.
Jesse’s transformation has been nothing short of a life that’s been saved. The troubled boy we delivered to the PAYH eighteen months ago is maturing into the young man we had long ago envisioned. He is poised to live the purposeful, fulfilling life we had dreamed for him. Yes, change starts with one. And, when that one is your own precious child, your own fractured family, your own hopes and dreams; it is simply not possible to express with words the breadth of our gratitude.”


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Jan 08, 2015

Hampton man credits youth home for turning his life around

Alex Winstead is a thankful man.
Until a few years ago, years of drug abuse and bad choices had led him down a dangerous road.
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Value of a Changed Life


Because of you, lives can change.  In this video, Jesse tells us exactly how his life has changed.  When you give to the Paul Anderson Youth Home you are investing directly into young men just like Jesse—their lives, their families, their future wives and children.
There is no way to know where Jesse may have ended up but he was definitely going down a path of destruction. It is clear where he is now headed, because people like you were willing to invest.

“When you invest in the Paul Anderson Youth Home you’re impacting our future because we are in this together and you are making a difference. So, here’s what I am going to ask you to do: GIVE. Help change a life like mine and all those who will be impacted because of it.”
~ Jesse

Change Starts With One.


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Sep 03, 2014

How Can You Change A Life

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you try to do good? Do you look at someone’s life and want to help only to find that you have no idea what to do? Well how about some good news: it is easier to help someone than you might think. When you want to make a difference, whether it is in your children or your spouse, or perhaps a friend or co-worker, start by paying attention to how you can invest time in them. A little bit of time can go a long way in changing another’s life.
For some easy tips on spending time with your family, check out these articles:
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