Graduates’ Stories

The staff at the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) are extremely proud of our alumni. Our wish is to show how the boys who are entrusted into our care develop into strong men of character. How their lives are changed and how you, as a supporter of the PAYH impact the lives of struggling young men who just need a second chance.

Glenda’s Letter to Alumni

Please take some time to browse the testimonies and photo slideshows from the graduation ceremonies of our young men. Hear in their own words how their time at the PAYH has changed their lives. These alumni are successes because of people like you. Click on a picture or the link to see their story.

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Conner

“My whole life I was a lazy bum who only cared about having fun and self-gratification.  Then I came to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, where 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 […]
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Cody

Cody thought he could make it on his own – without his parents, without school, and without Christ.  Eventually selling drugs to make ends meet, Cody found himself arrested and in serious legal trouble.  Although he successfully completed drug rehab, the court felt he needed further help.  He was sent to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, […]
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Tristan

Tristan moved from school to school and program to program before coming to PAYH, not living at home for more than three months at a time since beginning high school. His attitude was one of rebellion and apathy. All he wanted to do was get high. All that has changed. Tristan completed the PAYH program […]
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Reese

Reese found a second chance at the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Now, he has the confidence to begin life anew.
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Alex

Alex grew up in a loving home, but at age 15 he began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. This began to drastically affect his interaction with his parents and ultimately led to charges involving the possession of illegal substances. After coming to PAYH, Alex began to confront the issues which led to his experimentation with […]
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Trevor

“I was a reclusive loner who kept to myself and hid in my room.  My relationship with my mom was not what it once had been.  My grades were suffering, and things weren’t looking good.  I was sent to PAYH, where I have slowly rebuilt myself both physically and mentally, and have improved my relationship […]
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Sam

“I started smoking marijuana during my sophomore year of high school. Most of my friends also smoked, and I let my desire to fit in direct my choices.  This led me to rebel, and my grades began to suffer.  After a bit of research, my mom found the PAYH website and my parents decided to […]
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Jaden

“I came to the youth home with numerous charges and facing serious prison time.  Fortunately for me there was an alternative.  At PAYH, I have had a chance to change my ways.  During my time here, I have learned to keep my anger and impulses in check.  I have worked hard to improve myself both […]
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Perry

“I started using marijuana when I was 15.  It started as a hobby but eventually became a crutch that I used to deal with my depression over the death of some friends.  After that I became more rebellious and angry at any source of authority.  This led me to become careless.  I drove to school […]
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Joshua

“When I was 13 I started drinking and partying with my friends.  Not long after that, I started using marijuana as well.  Pretty soon this spiraled out of control, and I found myself stealing to support my habit.  I dropped out of school, stopped playing football, and severely damaged my relationship with the people I […]
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Peter

Having graduated the PAYH program, Peter is shipping out with the US Navy, where he will be studying to be an electrician, with the goal of ultimately becoming an electrical engineer.  in his testimony below, Peter shares how the Lord has changed his life at PAYH.
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Rick

Rick came to us from the US Army, having struggled with substance abuse while enlisted. Now Rick is clean, and is headed toward a better future, with plans to reenlist in the near future.  Hear Rick’s story of change in his own words below:
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Tyler

Tyler started experimenting with marijuana at age 16.  At first, he felt like he was in control, but it didn’t take long for that to change.  Soon, he found himself in jail and serious legal trouble.  A friend of the family referred him to PAYH, where he overcame his addiction and rebuilt his relationship with […]
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Chris

Chris had been in trouble with the law; his reputation in his home town was all but ruined.  He and his parents didn’t know where to turn.  At PAYH, he found Christ, who gave him a clean slate and a fresh start.  Now Chris has completed the program and is looking forward to the future. […]
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Graham

Graham was raised by loving parents. However, his attitude toward them began to change when he first began using marijuana. Eventually, he was no longer the smiling boy his family had known and loved. Instead, he was an angry and insolent young man who refused to listen to his parents or others in authority because […]
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Ben

Because of you, change happens every day at the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Change such as what we have seen in Ben. For the first six months of his time in the program, Ben stayed in trouble. His defiant attitude and rebellion often seemed to make his growth and success impossible. But with time, Ben […]
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Bradley

“I was a young man who cared only for myself.  Through recklessness I found my way into drugs, which ultimately led to my arrest and imprisonment, with seemingly no way out.  Through the loving kindness of my family, I was able to seek help from the Paul Anderson Youth Home.  My time here has drastically […]
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Andrew

“My whole life I have believed that I was in control and that I could make it on my own.  After waking up in jail, I finally realized I had a problem I could not solve on my own. Fortunately, I am blessed with a loving mom who helped lead me to PAYH. God has […]
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Jesse

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 […]
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Jake

Jake came to us 16 months ago as a self-centered young man who was only interested in what the world could do for him. Now, Jake lives for a higher purpose – God’s call on his life!
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Matthew

“I was a self-centered young man with a severe disregard for authority, as well as a drug problem.  This led to anger issues and put a strain on my relationship with my family.  After a friend told my parents about PAYH, I was sent here, where I learned that all actions have consequences.  I developed […]
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Justin

“When I was 11 years old I started experimenting with drugs.  Over the course of the next several years, I became addicted and lost control.  My grandmother tried to stop me, but I responded by running away.  I eventually found myself on probation facing serious legal problems.  After cutting off my ankle monitor, I was […]
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Ben

Ben came to the home in April of 2013. He had become a danger to himself and others. But Ben met the challenges of the PAYH and used the opportunity to grow into a man of character. He graduated in July of 2014.
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Alex

Alex came to the PAYH in October of 2012. He had used lots of drugs and was facing a lot of jail time for burglary. However, Alex wanted a future that did not include him becoming part of the penal system. To add motivation, he was already a father. While at the PAYH, Alex allowed […]
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Joseph

Joseph began using drugs at the age of 14. By the time he came to PAYH in June of 2012 at the age of 17, Joseph had a problem he could not solve on his own. While in the program, he learned to take control of himself and learned to enjoy being sober. He was […]
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Kent

Kent was an insecure and depressed young man when he came to the home in May of 2012. He would use drugs as a way to escape. But while at the PAYH, Kent found the strength to confront his fears and deal with them in a mature way. When he graduated in December of 2013, […]
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Nick

Nick was a young man without drive or motivation. He had become unruly and despondent, but after he came to the PAYH in May of 2012, that slowly began to change. Nick graduated from the home in December of 2013.
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Sam

Sam came to the PAYH in April of 2012. In addition to having run away from home, Sam had a real problem with drugs. While at the home, Sam began to find himself again and gained a new perspective on life. He graduated from the home in December of 2013.
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Logan

Logan was a rebellious and unruly child. When he came to the PAYH in May of 2012, he was sneaky and dishonest. However, during his time at the home, he began to take pride in his reputation. When he graduated in December of 2013, he did so as a man of character, incredible work ethic […]
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Jeff

Jeff came to the PAYH in March of 2007 as a 17 year old. He had first experimented with drugs at the age of 16. After being charged with theft and burglary, Jeff came to the PAYH to turn his life around. While in our program, Jeff became a Christian and was baptized. He graduated […]
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Dillon

Dillon came to the PAYH in February of 2011. He was angry and in need of help. While at the home, he grew to become a young man who could motivate and take care of himself. He graduated in August of 2012.
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Patrick

Patrick came to the PAYH in the fall of 2010 from Savannah, Georgia as an 18 year old.  A tender-hearted young man who began to experiment with drugs and alcohol at the age of 15, Patrick sought approval from friends that were following a similar lifestyle.  As he went down a path of destruction, Patrick […]
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Reef

Reef came to the PAYH in October of 2010 from South Carolina as a 16 year old. Having demonstrated a pattern of rebellion where he had lied, stolen, and begun using drugs at the age of 14, Reef needed an opportunity to come under authority. While at the PAYH, Reef matured, began to become secure […]
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Jake

Before coming to the PAYH, Jake seemed to be outgoing and adventuresome. But inside, Jake was lost. He was battling addiction and becoming more and more separated from family and friends who loved him. He came to the PAYH in September of 2009. While at the home, Jake was forced to take a long, hard […]
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Jonathan

A Story of Hope and Change “He couldn’t have guessed the depth of the emptiness that would swallow him inside.  Certainly, he wasn’t planning on becoming a statistic.”       Growing up, Jonathan had a great childhood and all the ingredients for success. He had a loving family that was moderately wealthy. They attended […]
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Mac

Mac came to the PAYH in the summer of 2010 from northern Florida as a 17 year old. Having first experimented with alcohol at the age of 14, Mac progressively embraced a lifestyle that centered around partying and getting drunk. Ultimately, his behavior disrupted his relationship within his own family and at school. Mac came […]
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Rainer

Rainer came to the PAYH as a 20 year old in September of 2006 from north Georgia. He first experimented with drugs as a 10 year old. In his own words, he had very few memories of his teenage years. With a penchant for risky behavior, Rainer found himself in serious trouble with the law. […]
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Frank

Frank came to the PAYH as a 16 year old in October of 2006 from middle Georgia. He first experimented with drugs as a 14 year old. His behavior deteriorated from that point and after an overdose, it was recommended that Frank needed to attend the PAYH to turn his life around. While at the […]
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Daniel

Daniel came to the PAYH as a 16 year old in January of 2007 from middle Georgia. He first experimented with drugs as a 13 year old and his attitude became one of rebellion towards all forms of authority. His parents and the court system turned to the PAYH for help. While in our program, […]
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Thomas

Thomas came to the PAYH as a 16 year old in February of 2007 from coastal Georgia. He first experimented with drugs as a 13 year old. Thomas’ drug use and behavior led to tension in his family. After an encounter with the authorities, his parents sought placement at the PAYH. While at the PAYH, […]
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Zack

Zack came to the PAYH as a 16 year old in October of 2006 from Alabama. Zack, like so many teenagers today, became involved with drugs at the age of 13, which in turn impacted all areas of his life. His father, desperately seeking help, turned to the PAYH and was instrumental in Zack’s success. […]
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Nate came to the PAYH as a 19 year old in August of 2007 from Atlanta. He first experimented with drugs as an 18 year old and disrupted his family through his rebellion and general attitude. After his actions placed him in a hospital, Nate recognized that he could not continue down the path he […]
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Sean

Sean came to the PAYH as an 18 year old in June of 2007 from Florida. He first experimented with drugs as a 12 year old and his attitude became one of rebellion towards all forms of authority. His parents and the court system turned to the PAYH for help. While in our program, Sean […]
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Drew

Drew came to the PAYH in July of 2007 from metro Atlanta as a 17 year old. At the age of 14 he had begun experimenting with drugs which led to charges surrounding trespassing and other issues. His parents sought an alternative to incarceration which led him to the PAYH. Shortly after coming to the […]
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Michael

Michael came to the PAYH in May of 2007. He had experimented with drugs and had become rebellious. Michael came to the PAYH to turn his life around. While at the PAYH, he renewed his faith as a Christian and was baptized. He graduated in December, 2008 after 19 months in the program and now […]
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Paris

It is so easy to let things get worse and worse once you start.  You get used to this lifestyle, and before you know it, you’re in over your head. My problems really started in middle school.  I just didn’t care about anything.  All I wanted to do was party.  I started using drugs and […]
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Ray

Ray grew up with his single mother in a military home. Somehow, he seemed to grow away from the love and support of his mother and became more and more isolated. He came to the PAYH in December of 2011 a very angry young man. He began to discipline himself to control his anger and […]
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David

David came to the PAYH in October of 2011. Before that time, David seemed to be purposeless. But while at the home, he began to exercise and do well in school. The way he perceived himself began to change. He graduated in May 2013.
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Taylor

Taylor was lost when he came to the PAYH in September of 2011. He was unsure of himself and had learned to retreat within himself to avoid having to confront things he did not like. His time at the PAYH was difficult, but through it Taylor came to understand himself better. He gained confidence and […]
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Donovan

Donovan had his first drink at age 12. His experimentation with drugs and alcohol would increase. He would often use physical pleasure, like sex and drugs, to mask his underlying issues. Then he came to the PAYH in November of 2011. He was challenged daily to deal with things that he did not like rather […]
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Edwin

Edwin came to the PAYH in January of 2008 from Middle Georgia as a 16 year old. He first experimented with drugs at the age of 15 and this ultimately led to him receiving drug related charges. Edwin became a Christian while in the program and graduated in July of 2009. He is currently attending […]
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Mike

Mike came to the PAYH in April of 2008 from West Georgia as a 17 year old. He had first experimented with drugs as a 13 year old. Mike, after being charged with theft and burglary, came to the PAYH to turn his life around. Mike came to the PAYH as a Christian but while […]
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Jordan

Jordan came to the PAYH in July of 2008 from Oklahoma. He was 21 years old at the time. He had first experimented with drugs as a 14 year old. After being charged DUI and Public Intoxication, Jordan came to the PAYH to get his life together. He came to the PAYH as a Christian […]
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