Former Glen Mills student Guy McCall puts it bluntly.
“Thank God for Glen Mills,” an emotional McCall recently said four decades later as he recalled his life shaping experience at the school. “The counselors saw some things in me that I didn’t see in myself.”
What they saw, McCall realized later, was a young man with nothing but potential- a young person who could be respectful, dependable, reliable, honorable, and honest.
“I was a young man that didn’t have a sense of direction or purpose,” McCall, who said he came from a poverty-stricken area of Philadelphia, explained.
What he found at the Glen Mills Schools, however, was something totally different.
“I thought I was on a college campus,” McCall, who was a student at the Glen Mills Schools from 1977-1980, remembered as he talked about the experience of encountering people who cared about him.
He recalls when he met Mr. C.D. Ferrainola, the Executive Director of the school at the time.
“He (Mr. Ferrainola) just made me feel real comfortable and relaxed,” McCall said.
McCall helped fellow Glen Mills students while he was a leader in the Battling Bulls Club and continues to help people to this day through his work with Project HOME, a Philadelphia non-profit that helps people navigate out of homelessness and poverty.
“It’s rewarding for me to help that population,” McCall said.
He also explained that his desire to give back all started at Glen Mills, where he said he began to build character as he encountered individuals who cared about him.
“This school has helped me tremendously,” McCall concluded. “Glen Mills has a great deal to do with the person I have become.”