Past Stories

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

Alexis: There’s a reason for everything

Alexis: There’s a reason for everything

“ Being at Boys Ranch showed me that I can trust people, that people do have good intentions. Not everyone is out to get me, which is how I was feeling for a really long time. Alexis was in her teens before she found out she was adopted. The discovery came as a shock. Years…

Clayton: A lost sheep, found

Clayton: A lost sheep, found

“If it wasn’t for (Administrator of Admissions & Alumni Support Services) Kim Reeves or Boys Ranch, I don’t think I’d still be alive,” reflected Clayton. Now 35, Clayton was just 6 years old when he first came to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Having suffered physical and emotional abuse prior to coming to us, Clayton called…

Sean: Running with purpose

Sean: Running with purpose

Sean looked down the path in front of him, his eyes narrowing as he steeled himself in determination. This time, I’m going to do it! He leapt ahead, arms pumping as fast as his beating heart as Sean ran. The young boy, not yet a teenager, didn’t get far before coming to his senses. Where…

74th Annual Boys Ranch Rodeo+adventureFEST

74th Annual Boys Ranch Rodeo+adventureFEST

From its humble beginning in 1944, when about a hundred people came to watch our youth excitedly ride some donkeys and brand a few calves, the annual Boys Ranch Rodeo has grown into a spectacle that draws thousands of visitors each year. Everything you’d expect to see — family-friendly fun, souvenirs, good food and, of…

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