Past Stories

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

Cain: Discovering the gift of change

Cain: Discovering the gift of change

“Probably my favorite gift I ever got was coming here,” Cain said as he thought about the upcoming Christmas season, the first he’ll spend at Cal Farley’s. “Boys Ranch has helped me a lot.” Cain, 12, isn’t your average child. When he thinks of Christmas and sharing gifts with his family and Boys Ranch friends,…

Justin: A place where he can let go …

Justin: A place where he can let go …

Justin knew he had a problem. For as long as he could recall, he’d been unable to control his emotions, especially anger. “People would tell me I need to stop,” he said, “but I’d tell them ‘I know I need to stop. I can’t stop.’” As a young child, the modest teen of 14 with…

Desiree: The promise of change

Desiree: The promise of change

From the moment she set foot on Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch campus, just six months or so ago, Desiree has had some big expectations of us — and of herself, too. “I wanted to come here,” she said, going on to describe the choice her family gave her — to stay with them, or to…

Josh: A new land, a new life

Josh: A new land, a new life

There’s a lot about Josh’s story that’s uncertain. A child’s memory can be a foggy mix of fact and emotion. What is certain is that Josh, now 17, was born in Ukraine, where his life led him, and later his sisters, too, to an orphanage at an early age. He recalls feeling alone, despite being…

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