Past Stories

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

Faith: Faith is strong

Faith: Faith is strong

Peace. In a world filled with violence and social, religious or political turmoil, few goals are as equally noble and elusive. But, as important as the goal itself are the special people who seek to bring peace to their world, on whatever scale they’re able. At only 14 years old, Faith is just such a…

Cole: After the storm

Cole: After the storm

Though he didn’t know it at the time, the night of May 20, 2013, was a perfect metaphor for Cole’s life. On that night, Cole, 14, and his grandmother responded to the ominous skies and sound of tornado sirens, like they did every spring — heading down into the storm cellar of their Moore, Okla.,…

Andrei: A time for truth

Andrei: A time for truth

“I can’t lie as well as I did before. I just start smiling,” Andrei, 13, said, reflectively. He paused a moment, then added, “That’s a good thing, actually.” Actually, it’s a very good thing. Andrei, who’s lived at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch campus a little more than a year, has learned much about what motivated…

Elizabeth: Changing her outlook

Elizabeth: Changing her outlook

One day, solving problems will be a piece of cake — a cupcake, that is. There was a time, not that long ago, really, when Elizabeth, 15, withdrew from difficult situations. Once, she even locked herself in her family’s bathroom for an hour to avoid a situation she didn’t like, being coaxed out only with…

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