Paul Anderson Youth Home Inc.

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The Paul Anderson Youth Home is a Christian residential program and on-campus school for young men struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. 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.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Paul Anderson Youth Home
PO Box 525
Vidalia, GA 30475


Phone: 912-537-7237

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 586041868

CEO/President: Glenda Anderson Leonard

Chairman: Charles Ruffin

Board size: 14

Founder: Paul and Glenda Anderson

Ruling year: 1965

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


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.

Mission statement

The purpose of PAYH is to help transform the lives of troubled young men and their families through Christ-centered services.

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Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating516 of 111255 of 141
Fund acquisition rating419 of 111352 of 141
Resource allocation rating712 of 111377 of 141
Asset utilization rating481 of 111257 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$54,356$10,117$11,191$5,995$5,630
Short-term investments$84,874$126,545$104,235$79,684$60,623
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,885,260$1,228,422$778,469$360,704$431,233
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,755,533$1,846,328$1,941,684$2,006,205$2,114,114
Other long-term assets$4,000$101,364$41,390$16,684$1,956
Total long-term assets$1,759,533$1,947,692$1,983,074$2,022,889$2,116,070
Total assets$3,644,793$3,176,114$2,761,543$2,383,593$2,547,303
Payables and accrued expenses$134,553$81,697$80,076$71,530$74,704
Other current liabilities$43,790$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$178,343$81,697$80,076$71,530$74,704
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$1$74,149
Total liabilities$178,343$81,697$80,076$71,531$148,853
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$3,031,531$2,696,347$2,403,202$2,018,207$2,059,798
With donor restrictions$434,919$398,070$278,265$293,855$338,652
Net assets$3,466,450$3,094,417$2,681,467$2,312,062$2,398,450
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,553,134$1,545,643$1,461,190$1,070,786$1,060,097
Program service revenue$669,250$564,250$462,225$598,100$648,675
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$19,638$1,151$5,891$149$2,406
Other revenue$280,647$290,016$562,456$305,098$295,745
Total other revenue$969,535$855,417$1,030,572$903,347$946,826
Total revenue$2,522,669$2,401,060$2,491,762$1,974,133$2,006,923
Program services$1,617,055$1,607,712$1,557,299$1,543,327$1,536,022
Management and general$357,167$234,313$428,201$325,740$409,937
Total expenses$2,101,681$2,009,572$2,149,277$2,079,582$2,156,261
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$420,988$391,488$342,485($105,449)($149,338)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$420,988$391,488$342,485($105,449)($149,338)


Glenda Anderson LeonardPresident$108,486

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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Heading into the Olympics, Paul needed strength other than his own to win The Gold Medal. Desperately ill with a raging fever, Paul was too weak to lift the poundage which he normally raised with great ease. He cried out to his Heavenly Father and rededicated his life to Jesus Christ. This divine intervention enabled Paul to break an Olympic record to win The Gold. He left the Olympics with a dream in his heart to help his fellowman. His bodily strength continued to amaze with feats such as his most famous 6,270 pound back lift which was documented by The Guinness Book of World Records and Famous First Facts as the greatest weight ever lifted by a human being. His greatest accomplishments were demonstrated in his great love for Jesus Christ, his family, his country, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, A Christian alternative to juvenile and adult correctional programs for young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one.


1932 - Paul is born on October 17th in Toccoa, Georgia.
1938 - Paul struggles with Bright's Disease, which causes severe kidney problem.


1950 - Paul receives a football scholarship from Furman University; he begins training with weights, which results in his decision to leave Furman and concentrate on weightlifting. 1955 - Establishes the first in a series of world records in the press, becoming the first man in the world to officially press 400 pounds. Wins USA National Amateur Athletic Union Weightlifting Championships. Member of the first non-dignitary delegation to visit Russia after World War II; his raw strength and power shocked and thrilled the Russian people, who called him a "wonder of nature." Wins World Championships in Munich, Germany, by breaking two world records.


1956 - Exceeds three world records and retains USA National AAU Weightlifting Championship. Paul wins the gold medal at the 1956 Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia. He is the last American to win Olympic Gold in the Super Heavyweight Division. 1957 - "The greatest weight ever raised by a human being, 6,270 pounds in a back lift". The Guinness Book of World Records and Famous First Facts. Paul lifts in exhibitions around the country and appears on many television programs including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Groucho Marx Show.
1958 - Plays the part of a blacksmith in, Once Upon A Horse, a Rowan & Martin Western comedy.
1959 - Paul marries Glenda Garland, with whom he shares his vision of starting a home for troubled youth. Together, they begin to seek funding and a location.


1961 - Paul rides a bicycle from Vidalia to Omaha, Nebraska to raise money to start a youth home. He meets Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A and the first contributor to PAYH. PAYH accepts its first youth at the Mimosa Motel in Vidalia, Georgia. Paul, sharing his Christian faith through public speaking and performing feats of strength at multiple venues provides the majority of the funding for PAYH.

1962 - PAYH moves to its current location on McIntosh Street, Vidalia, Georgia. With Paul, Glenda, and G. H. (Gerry) Achenbach, President, Piggly Wiggly, PAYH becomes a 501(c)3 Corporation. 1964 - Helms Hall of Fame Award, Helm Athletic Foundation. 1966 - Paula, Paul and Glenda's daughter, is born. Guest Speaker at Billy Graham Crusade, London, England. 1970 - Appointed to State Physical Fitness Council by Georgia's Governor Jimmy Carter.


1972 - Additional youth homes open under the PAYH name in other states.
1974 - Inducted into the Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame.
1975 - Appointed member, Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Presented Branch Rickey Memorial Award, highest honor presented to a layman by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Autobiography titled, The World's Strongest Man is released.
1977 - Recipient of the Golden Plate Award by the American Academy of Achievement. PAYH opens its on-campus school with the help of Truett Andrew.
1981 - Paul's second book, Home: Society's Pacemaker, is released. The main office complex burned down and had to be rebuilt. Simultaneously, Paul's battle with Bright's disease resurfaced.


1983 - Appointed lieutenant colonel, aide-de-camp, and governor's staff by Georgia's Governor Joe Frank Harris. Citizens of Toccoa, GA, placed a permanent granite marker at his birthplace in Toccoa. Georgia's Governor Joe Frank Harris proclaimed "Paul Anderson Day". The United States Congressional Record paid tribute to Paul Anderson. Paul receives a kidney transplant from his sister Dorothy Johnson. Granted the Honorary Presidential Sports/Fitness Award for his contribution to sports in the USA by President Ronald Reagan.

1984 - Inducted into National Power lifting Hall of Fame. Awarded "Father of the Year" by Southeast Father's Day Committee. 1985 - Paul's illness worsens, forcing him to remain in Vidalia, Georgia; thus, relinquishing the other Youth Homes to their Board of Directors. 1986 - Georgia's Governor Joe Frank Harris declared "Paul Anderson Day" in commemoration of the Paul Anderson Youth Home's twenty-fifth anniversary. 1990 - Awarded Honorary Doctor of Education from Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia. 1992 - Inducted into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions; since he is too ill to accept the award, his daughter Paula accepts it on his behalf. Presented "Strongest Man of the Century" award at the USA Power and Strength Symposium, Orlando, Florida. American Powerlifting Federation/World Powerlifting Congress Hall of Fame Award. 1994 - Paul goes to be with the Lord after a long battle with kidney failure. The United States Congressional Record paid tribute to him.


1995 - Largest weightlifting arena in the Southeast named in Paul's memory: "Paul Anderson/Howard Cohen Weightlifting Center, Savannah, Georgia. Georgia House of Representatives and Senate passed resolutions in tribute to Paul. The Paul Anderson Memorial Weightlifting Invitational, a pre-Olympic event, was held in Atlanta, GA. A state historical marker was unveiled at the Paul Anderson Youth Home honoring him. 1996 - Glenda named an Olympic torchbearer for the Atlanta Summer Olympics.

1999 - S. Truett Cathy and Glenda break ground for the S. Truett Cathy Office Complex. The Paul Anderson Memorial Park became a reality and is located one block from Paul's birthplace. The focal point of the park is a cascading fountain, which showcases a beautiful life-size bronze statue of Paul raising a barbell overhead. Paul Anderson The Mightiest Minister written by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. is released. Drew Read becomes the first PAYH Chief Operating Officer.
2004 - Glenda marries Stephen Leonard. Drew Read becomes the first PAYH Chief Operating Officer.
2005 - Strength for the Day, a devotional book for fathers and sons is released; a compilation of devotionals written by Paul for a weekly newspaper column Tomorrow's Leaders. Drew Read and Mac Jordan inaugurate an annual bicycle ride commemorating Paul's 1961 ride to Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska.

2006 - PAYH Christmas Play begins a small on-campus event, but quickly grows and moves its venue to First Baptist Church of Vidalia, Georgia, where more than 500 guests enjoy a dinner theater each year. 2007 PAYH builds the Gary and Nancy Chartrand Academic Center, modern school facility, equipped with a computer lab and robust library, and the Peyton Anderson Counseling Center.


2011 - PAYH celebrates its 50th anniversary. 2016 - PAYH adds a substance abuse treatment program in response to the growing addiction crisis.
2017 - Funding is secured to develop a vocational program so PAYH young men can learn skilled trades.
2019 - The premier episode of the History Channel show, "The Strongest Man in History" features Paul along with several of his most famous lifts and feats of strength. Col. Ken Vaughn is appointed PAYH's Chief Operating Officer. A licensed Christian Marriage and Family Therapist is added to the counseling program in order that Biblical counseling can facilitate family forgiveness, healing, and reunification.

Program accomplishments

To date, over 1,400 young men have attended the program.