Past Stories

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

Chris: Learning by example

Chris: Learning by example

“It helps me a lot to know there are a lot of people in the same situation I’m in,” Chris, said of his peers at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. “I learn from them … I learn by example.” A newcomer to life at Boys Ranch, Chris arrived this summer, but he’s already learning how good…

Rayjne: Learning that you can always start over

Rayjne: Learning that you can always start over

“Growing up, I felt like no one loved me and they all wanted to judge me because I wasn’t with my real family,” Rayjne, 16, remembered. “I felt like I didn’t get the love that they got, having parents.” Removed from a home that saw more drug activity than familial love and compassion, Rayjne was…

Armando: A family icon

Armando: A family icon

Armando eyed the tanned-leather boots inside their glass case. The bright blue of the shaft stood out, even 29 years after their creation. When Armando came to Boys Ranch six years ago, he learned that a brand-new pair of Boys Ranch-branded cowboy boots were among the gifts our graduating seniors receive. But, he didn’t know…

Jacoby: Growing in his faith to change

Jacoby: Growing in his faith to change

Jacoby stood alone outside, looking up at the stars. As a horse whinnied in the distance, Jacoby leaned against the building’s chiseled rock facade. Inside the guest apartment, his mother was getting ready for bed. Soon he, too, would turn in. But, first, Jacoby needed to have an important conversation. A conversation with God. A…

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