Past Stories

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

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…

Emily: A tradition worth celebrating

Emily: A tradition worth celebrating

“I’ve really always enjoyed it,” Emily said. “I enjoy the people around me, the people who care for me and give their time to us.” Emily is in a unique position to offer such an opinion — she’s lived some 12 of her 17 years here at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Emily’s grandparents received custody…

Seth found himself in unfamiliar waters

Seth found himself in unfamiliar waters

Seth looked down the road in front of him. It seemed to stretch off into nowhere. I’m in the middle of nowhere — another city, another state, he thought. While the long drive to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch often draws this sort of reaction from young people coming to campus for the first time, Seth…

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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