THE BOY IN THE PICTURE

Earl spent his first seven years in a children’s home before he arrived at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in 1957. One sunny day when he was nine years old, he was playing in the plum patch at Boys Ranch and standing in the creek water.  “I heard a man yell at me to get out of the water, but I ignored him and I disobeyed. Next thing I knew, he reached over and grabbed me by the ear. It was Cal Farley. He told me, ‘Let’s go for a walk.’”  Sherm Harriman had been out taking pictures for most of the day and only had one more picture left on his film.  That last picture ended up becoming the iconic “Shirttail to Hang Onto” photograph the Cal Farley’s organization has used for several decades.  Earl Jordan didn’t think nearly as much of it. “You’ve got to realize that at 9 years old living at Boys Ranch and that picture being plastered on the dining room wall … the nickname that stuck was ‘mooch.’” Earl left Boys Ranch in 1965. Shortly thereafter, he met Carol on a blind date, and on that very first date, he proposed.  They have been married… Continue reading

Cal Farely – Founder of Boys Ranch

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From An Old West Town to a Therapeutic Community:

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch – A Work in Progress Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch began in a courthouse in the old West town of Tascosa. Beginnings, in most things, have a significant impact on journeys. The same holds for a boys’ ranch founded among the backdrop of cattle thieves and gunslingers. Our history has carried with it many traditional beliefs which have strengthened our mission and, at other times, weakened it.   These established ideas included each staff member utilizing his/her own personal approach to childrearing, labeling children as sick or broken, and a heavy dosing of behavior modification. Over the past 75 years, we have grown from housing a mere 9 wayward boys to a capacity of almost 300 boys and girls, aging from pre-school to seniors. During this time we have shifted our beliefs from the more traditional to transformational. In tandem with this trend has been our progression as a trauma aware facility. Although we have been relationally focused for several years, just recently we began an intense journey of learning about how relationships and experiences impact brain development. Pioneers in the field who have guided our thinking include Dr. Karyn Purvis of Texas Christian University’s Institute of Childhood… Continue reading