Past Stories

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

Hollie: Alumna finds forever home in Texas

Hollie: Alumna finds forever home in Texas

This California transplant remembers well when she and her great-grandparents, traveling in a motor home, pulled into the entrance of Boys Ranch in 2003. She was just 12 years old. They had traveled to Texas in search of a better life for Hollie. This September marks 17 years that Hollie has lived in the Texas…

Jordan: A friend’s referral helps him find a place of peace

Jordan: A friend’s referral helps him find a place of peace

There’s an old train of thought about preachers’ children, which implies they are the most devious of all. We’ve all probably heard it. For Jordan, 15, being a pastor’s son has not been easy. There still are people who believe the stereotypes, after all, and that can cause real problems for a child. For one…

Hand-made cane creates bond for resident, employee

Hand-made cane creates bond for resident, employee

Boys Ranch is a place of therapeutic healing and transformation for young people. It is also a supportive community where kindness is highly valued. Imagine then, how special Boys Ranch employee George Richards felt when Jonny, a young man he barely knew offered to hand-craft a special gift for him.  Jonny has learned excellent woodworking…

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