Sometimes, a second chance is all you need. George Rader would certainly agree with that.
Born in Indiana, George was only a few months old when his parents separated. Not prepared to raise George and his brother on his own, George’s father placed them in an orphanage. A few years later, when he met the woman he would marry, he went back for his boys and the family was restored, stronger than ever.
In 1952, the family moved to California and George soon graduated from high school. Just shy of his 18th birthday, George joined the Air Force. He served during the Korean War and eventually became a flight-simulation instructor. After leaving the military, George began a career at Hughes Aircraft, where he worked for 33 years.
After retiring from Hughes, George pursued his second career as a police officer in Hawthorne, California. It was here that he met the love of his life, Louise, known as Lou. Lou served on the force, too. Both had been married before and neither was interested in a second go but George knew that second chances, especially with family, could turn out to be a real blessing. They recently celebrated 32 years of marriage.
Back in the late 1960s, George visited a couple of child-care organizations; Cal Farley’s was one of them. Over the years, he made many more visits to Cal Farley’s and always gave faithfully so that the boys, and now the girls too, could have their second chances.
“The manners of the youth at Cal Farley’s are so impressive. Then you read their inspiring stories in The Roundup, and how can you not love each one of them? And it isn’t just that they are well mannered, they have fun, too,” George shared.
George fondly remembers attending the Boys Ranch Rodeo with his brother just a few years ago. “He was so impressed, he started giving to Cal Farley’s, too. I tell everyone about Cal Farley’s,” George said.
“I’ve also made a provision in my living trust for Cal Farley’s. See, if you visit Cal Farley’s just one time, meet the young people, see the campus, you will have no doubt about the good work being done there,” George declared. “These are the leaders of tomorrow … and I know the world is in good hands.”
George Rader knows the importance of getting a second chance. And we at Cal Farley’s are grateful to him for helping us provide those second chances to the boys and girls in our care.