Cal Farley’s remains committed to our former residents into adulthood. It’s a familial bond much like that of a traditional family. We invest in our alumni’s future by helping them pursue educational success and a smooth transition into independent life. Maintaining a lifelong relationship with former Cal Farley’s residents allows them the comfort to know their needs, from a caring ear to casework and a wide range of other services are always available, should they ever have the need.
One way we provide a safety net is through the Cal Farley’s Alumni Support Independent Living Center. The center provides a place to live for Boys Ranch alumni who need temporary housing assistance during their transition to adult life. It features 11 apartments, a common area for meetings or training and laundry facilities. Life coaches maintain accountability and offer help with basic living skills. For other former residents, Cal Farley’s is able to assist with locating and securing suitable housing elsewhere in their communities.
Each year, Cal Farley’s assists alumni in furthering their education, awarding scholarships for expenses at trade schools, junior college or universities. Our robust scholarship program assists dozens of former residents each year. We’ve awarded hundreds of scholarships to deserving clients over more than four decades!
Alumni applying for educational assistance must have been in residence for 20 months and must have graduated or completed their plan of service goals. They are interviewed by a scholarship committee and are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average and a consistent course. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.
Thousands of boys and girls have been served by Cal Farley’s since its inception in 1939. For many of them, our organization provides the only sense of family they’ve ever known. We, too, view these children as members of the Cal Farley’s family, even after they’ve left our care. Like any young adult in a traditional family, our alumni can more effectively thrive if we remain available to provide safety net services and other limited support as needed to help them begin their new, independent lives.
Sometimes, Cal Farley’s alumni require additional basic casework services in order to successfully transition to independent adult life. Our alumni support program provides individualized services and assists with access to community resources as needed.
Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch exists to provide children with a safe, caring environment that affords them the highest quality of trauma-informed care available anywhere. We partner with Praesidium, a national leader in abuse prevention, as an independent resource for any alumnus or alumna who believes they were a victim of any form of abuse, at any time while at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Alumni who seek assistance on this matter may call (877) 415-6423 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday to speak with a trained specialist about potential no-cost counseling.