Past Stories

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

Michael: Living his dreams

Michael: Living his dreams

In the last year, Michael, 21, has been living part of his lifelong dream. He’s traveled to nine countries as he studies economics and global finance. “I’ve … always wanted to come (to Hong Kong) since I was young, and coming here has literally been a dream come true,” he said. “Living alongside different cultures…

Jake: ‘I like to smile’

Jake: ‘I like to smile’

Our founder, Mr. Farley, often said, “It’s easy to smile when someone cares.” And, if that’s true, then Jake, 11, has a lot of reasons to smile. Jake has lived at Boys Ranch, Cal Farley’s flagship residential campus, since January 2014. He and his sister, Savannah, were struggling in their Austin, Texas, home. There was a…

Austin: A bright future

Austin: A bright future

At 18, Austin is a happy young man, who is excited for the adventure his life promises after graduation. A native of rural Texas, he’s lived at Cal Farley’s most well-known campus, Boys Ranch, for almost two years. He still remembers very clearly two things that made a significant impression on him about his first…

Josh: A new land, a new life

Josh: A new land, a new life

There’s a lot about Josh’s story that’s uncertain. A child’s memory can be a foggy mix of fact and emotion. What is certain is that Josh, now 17, was born in Ukraine, where his life led him, and later his sisters, too, to an orphanage at an early age. He recalls feeling alone, despite being…

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