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Adrian: A future far different from his past

Adrian: A future far different from his past

Hardship can be a springboard to a bright future “I always got there early, and I couldn’t wait to leave,” Adrian, 18, said with a chuckle. He’s talking about his first year at Boys Ranch, when his first class after lunch was woodshop. “I would show up early to class because, that way, I didn’t…

Project-based learning helps Boys Ranch students thrive in the classroom

Project-based learning helps Boys Ranch students thrive in the classroom

It’s important for young people to have a good understanding of American history. Yet in a time of Google® convenience and short attention spans, teachers are challenged to find better ways to deliver information to their students. The young people at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch are blessed with teachers who constantly look for better ways…

Gift wrapping  a tradition of love

Gift wrapping a tradition of love

Pretty paper and a perfectly placed bow make even the smallest gift seem even more special. The birth of Jesus Christ is a huge celebration for our children and our community. From the beautifully directed and performed cantata celebration to the decorated homes across campus, our healing community does much to make each of our…

Stephen: Effort equals success

Stephen: Effort equals success

Houseparents help Stephen find new focus A move from the big city to a small rural town was an adjustment for Stephen, just entering his high school years. His family home-schooled yet made sure he and his siblings had plenty of positive social opportunities. Even so, Stephen still decided to choose a path of mischief.…

Jonathan: A journey of unexpected joy

Jonathan: A journey of unexpected joy

Jonathan learns what was missing in his life As a small child, Jonathan was either moving around the country with his mother or staying in a foster home. Christmas, he said, was just another day. “I don’t remember ever celebrating Christmas during those years before I was eight,” the now-14-year-old said. In 2012, Jonathan was…

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