Past Stories

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch residents and alumni share their experiences

Melody: Beauty from ashes

Melody: Beauty from ashes

Wildfire. Residents of the American West know all too well the unrelenting destruction these raging, uncontrolled infernos can wreak, destroying everything in their path and leaving a landscape seemingly forever marked by the scars. But after the fire comes rejuvenation. And, when life rises from the ashes, it brings unspeakable beauty to a land dominated…

Andrew: December 2014 Graduate

Andrew: December 2014 Graduate

Completing high school is an exciting time, a milestone promising new experiences, such as finding a job or going to college. It also means having faith in the opportunity it can provide. Andrew, 18, and a December graduate, said he had a similar experience coming to Cal Farley’s – a chance to create a brighter…

LaTonya: Choosing a new direction

LaTonya: Choosing a new direction

Happily married and having just given birth to her second child, LaTonya is proud of the path she’s chosen for her life. It’s a trajectory far removed from that of her youth. Like far too many children today, LaTonya began a journey she never would have chosen for herself. “Their relationship was very … unstable,”…

Jacob: New horizons

Jacob: New horizons

At nearly 16 years old, Jacob looks like he belongs in the rugged, West Texas hill country in which he resides. Everything about the young man says “cowboy” — from his tall, slender build to the straw hat, Western shirt and larger-than-life belt buckle. Even his quiet, plain-spoken demeanor suggests Jacob is Western, through and…

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