"I felt scared and alone growing up," Becky said. "My dad has always wanted me to be punished. He says I've lied to everybody ... making things up to make me look good. I know I didn't lie. He's a scary man."
Golden Girl has helped Becky break the cycle of abuse and has taught her how to respect herself. She now attends Spring Valley High School, works part-time at Taco Bell and is expected to graduate in May. She has a 3.5 GPA and plans to attend Mountwest Community and Technical College to work toward a degree in culinary arts.
"I love to cook," Becky said. "I have more friends today than I've ever had. I'm happy here. I truly am."
Once a girl turns 18, she is put into Golden Girl's transitional program where they are taught how to live independently -- everything from learning how to cook to learning how to manage money.
Golden Girl will help Becky get set up in her own apartment once she graduates. Staff will monitor her progress and check in regularly.
Golden Girl has had a program called Christmas Angels for nearly 15 years. It helps the staff buy gifts for the 24 girls that live on site in Ceredo.
"We do get funded by the state to provide services and housing for these young girls," Harrison said. "We do not get money to help us purchase Christmas gifts so we rely on donors to get these girls the gifts that they deserve.
"A few years ago we had some girls come to us and ask if they could have a Christmas gift that is just theirs ... everyone is different and likes different things so it's very important we individualize the gifts."
Harrison said they want to spend around $200 on each girl. With 24 girls, the organization is looking to raise nearly $5,000 for Christmas gifts. Each girl makes out a wish list containing no more than 10 items and the staff will try to get them items on that list.
Harrison said they do get clothing donations throughout the year that helps the girls acquire clothes. She said the leftover clothes are donated to other nonprofit, including the Huntington City Mission.
"Without donors, Christmas would not be possible here," Harrison said. "Most girls Becky's age are asking for toasters, towels and other household items for when they move out on their own."
"We have a saying here that goes, 'Once a Golden Girl, always a Golden Girl,'" Harrison said.
For Thanksgiving, Harrison is inviting all girls that were once part of the Golden Girl family to their dinner. In total, the program has helped more than 600 young girls since its inception.
Golden Girls was founded in 1983 and is licensed by the state Department of Health and Human Resources and the Offices of Social Services and Behavioral Health. It is an approved West Virginia Medicaid provider and is a member of the West Virginia Child Care Association and is an associate member of the Child Welfare League of America.
The girls live in one of the five homes that are located near the main house. They are provided with a bed and the homes feature a full-size kitchen, closets, bathrooms, as well as living and dining areas.
A staff member monitors the girls around the clock. The organization is planning to build a new home on their property, which is a project set to begin sometime next year.
For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to Christmas Angels, call 304-544-7400 or visit www.gggh.org.Contact writer John Gibb at john.g...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.