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CAL FARLEY'S ANNUAL REPORT 2008/2009

CAL FARLEY'S ANNUAL REPORT 2008/2009

YEAR IN REVIEW70(left to

YEAR IN REVIEW70(left to right) Dan Adams,president and CEO of Cal Farley’s;Anne Heiligenstein, commissionerof the Texas Department ofFamily and Protective Services;and Newman “Soapy” Dollar, aleader in San Antonio’s faith-basedcommunity, alumnus of Cal Farley’sBoys Ranch and closing keynotespeaker of the 2009 Texas ChildCare Administrators Conference.The number ofchildren who havelived with us for fouror more years.Sharing a Story of InspirationNewman “Soapy” Dollar was a keynote speaker at the annual conferencefor the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services. Hespoke to child care administrators from all over the state, a grouphe called “his heroes.”The following are what he listed as “memorable” from his time atBoys Ranch:• A safe, secure, stable structure to life• Discipline• Work ethic• Activities such as sports and rodeo• Faith in Christ• “Others-focused” (helping others)• Recognition for accomplishments• Mentors and home life• A consistent message“Be faithful to your calling,” he told the group. “No one is doingmore important work.”Boys Rancher Bucks into National CompetitionRyan is a 17-year-old senior who competed last July in the NationalHigh School Rodeo Association’s 61 st Annual National HighSchool Finals Rodeo held in Farmington, New Mexico. Ryan hadplaced 4 th in the Texas High School Rodeo Finals held in Abilene,Texas the month prior. He competed in the bareback bronc category.Ryan came to Boys Ranch six years ago from Howell, Michigan andhas been involved in rodeo activitiesfor three years.To allow Ryan the opportunity toshine at home, the bareback bronccategory was added back into the65 th annual Boys Ranch Rodeo,which was held over Labor Dayweekend. Ryan also competed inthe senior roping event.4

A Leader of ManyDan Adams has been in the spotlight severaltimes this year. In September he was electedPresident of the Texas Alliance of Child andFamily Services. His term began January 2010.Anne Heiligenstein, commissioner of the TexasDepartment of Family and Protective Services,offered, “The Alliance could not have pickeda better person to lead their organization. DanAdams and Cal Farley’s represent the best ofchild care in Texas.”Heiligenstein, Adams and state-wide DFPSstaff, private providers and several countyjudges also have launched the Public PrivatePartnership Committee, which is a newly-formedcollaborative which will play a major role ina comprehensive project to redesign the fostercare system. “I look forward to working withDan and all of the other providers in an effort toenhance the foster care system to better meet theneeds of Texas children,” Heiligenstein said.Dan Adams as keynote speaker at theannual DMA nonprofit conference.His speech, “Responding to Changewithout Compromising Integrity” wasan overview of how we stay true toour original mission: StrengtheningChildren and Families.Also in 2009, Dan received the CharlesI. Wright Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas, School ofSocial Work.A freshly revamped Cal Farley’sSpeakers Bureau has been launchedand is better than ever. Several CalFarley’s employees and stakeholdersare available to visit church groupsand civic clubs nationwide.2009 Distinguished AlumniIn conjunction with the Cal Farley’s BoysRanch Alumni Association, we honor twoalumni with the annual Distinguished Alumniaward. This year’s recipients are 1967 CalFarley’s Boys Ranch graduate, Newman“Soapy” Dollar, and 1980 Cal Farley’sGirlstown, U.S.A. graduate, Kim Stark.Kim Stark currently serves as the executivedirector of the Lubbock Rape Crisis Centerwhere she recently launched an extensivecounseling program for victims and theirfamilies. Kim grew up at Girlstown,having arrived at age four in 1966. Sheleft during her second year of collegeat age 19 (in 1981), and hassince earned a master’s degree insocial work.Newman “Soapy” Dollar came to liveat Boys Ranch in 1955. The five-yearoldApache Indian had already beenthrough 16 foster care placements.Soapy graduated from Boys RanchRanch High School and went on tospend the next thirty-five years traveling theworld with his ministry in Campus Crusadefor Christ. He is a popular radio talk showhost on KSLR where he became nationallysyndicated with his radio show, “TheBible Live,” and in 1999, he received anhonorary Doctor of Divinity degree from theAmerican International Theological Instituteand Seminary.Call Us, Let’s Talk! (800) 687-3722Alumni paintings by Alvis Grant, one of the first nineboys to come to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in 1939.Alumni Support Center UpdateThe former Alumni Support Center, originally built in 1925, was demolished in June. Shortly thereafter construction began on the newAlumni Support Center, a 15,000-square-foot, 11-apartment transitional living center for the graduates of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranchand Cal Farley’s Girlstown, U.S.A.Cal Farley’s was able to secure the funds necessary from the brick and mortar restricted funds and project-specific dedicated fundsthat had previously been given. This new building will be capable of handling up to 24 students who may be in pursuit of jobs or ahigher education. This transitional living arrangement also offers a means to save for a deposit for their own place, or to simply havea bed in the absence of family resources or another place to be. Since its inception, Cal Farley’s has served 138 residents (alumniand their families) in the Cal Farley’s Independent Living Program.CAL FARLEY’S ANNUAL REPORT 2008 / 20095

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