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If Stacy Rich had her way, every child would have the support and opportunities her parents gave her.
But, since they don't, she figures the next best thing is they have somewhere they can go for help.
"This is my way of paying it forward," said Rich, marketing director at Crittenton Services in Wheeling. "I'm very lucky to have had the life I had, parents who gave me good direction, who made sure I went to school and supported me every step of the way. The kids here don't have that."
A Wheeling native, Rich graduated from West Liberty University in 2002 with a degree in communications and a specialization in radio and television broadcasting. She worked at WWVA radio for five years, then spent the next six as a reporter/anchor at WTRF-TV in Wheeling.
"It was my dream job," she said. "It was what I'd wanted to do. I worked with great people and every day was different ."
She left three years ago when one of her on-air stories hit too close to home. By then she'd married, and she and her husband, Tim Bishop, had the first of their two daughters.
"There was this little girl. She'd been sexually abused by her mom's boyfriend and the mom was facilitating it," she said. "It hit home with me. The little girl was the same age as my daughter."
She went to work at Crittenton where she has a chance to help young girls find their way.
Established in 1895 as a home for unwed mothers, Crittenton is a state-licensed and nationally accredited maternity facility and a Level II Behavioral Health Center and child care agency.
"This job fills a void I didn't even know I had until that one particular case, with the 3-year-old girl," she said. "Here, I leave work every day feeling good because I know I've done something to help kids who don't otherwise have a voice. I get to be part of their success; I get to watch young women who come to us broken blossom into better young moms, better young women, better community members. I feel really blessed to be a part of it.".