Eliza's Helping Hand

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Raised by 2 people in 4 months
Eliza’s Helping Hands is a local non-profit whom focus is to serve men, women and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other violent crimes that affect our community. We also advocate for the social justice for those who typically don’t have a voice. Kenya Thornton who first began servicing court ordered offenders through the COOL Program in 2012, which focused on educating clients ordered to complete an approved domestic violence program, founded Eliza. Through those services the need for various services expanded and Eliza’s Helping Hands was formed. Eliza’s Helping Hands works with the following: Forsyth County District Court, Department of Social Services, Children’s Law Center, Winston-Salem police department, Sheriffs Department, Domestic Violence Victim Crime Unit, Community Intervention, Winston Salem State University, Wake Forest University Law Domestic Unit, just to mention a few. We are also committed to educating and training future students from local universities who have a shared interest in social work, law and human related fields.

Named after her grandmother who was also a giver of the heart, Eliza was formed to help those victims of various crimes. As the need for services grew both “ The Cool Program and Eliza’s Helping Hands grew. Initially starting its service at a free space donated by WSSU, both agencies grew to where to date they have served over 5,000 clients to date.  We are also committed to employing and servicing interns from local universities all over the state. Eliza’s now offers services, which include:

 *Court advocacy
*Trauma focused services for children
*Support groups,
*District court mediation
*Supervised visitation
*Career training
*Financial Planning
*Opioid Addiction Services
*Substance Abuse Services
*U-haul Service for victims who need to move

Eliza’s Helping Hands currently operates in the historic Winston Mutual building, which was originally owed by the first African American Insurance Company in the state.  On top of that, the building is located in the Historic community of East Winston, which will be going through major transformation over the next few years.  As of April of 2019, the area in which Eliza’s Helping Hands operates was included in WSSU’s program called ‘ Stake Your Claim”. Which was a move for the African American Businesses in the community to acknowledge and preserve its place in the city. As we know across the country, there are many historic African American communities which have been gentrified and so this move was made by the few African American businesses and residents to give a message that we want to have a say in how our community is transformed.

Eliza’s Helping Hands, serves anyone from any race, religion, ethnic, economic background or sexual orientation. However a large portion of the clients that we serve come from the community in which the building sits. This is why we are wanting to expand services and to be able to purchase the building which will not only continue to help those in and around the city but will also secure a piece of history.


 Historical facts about the Mutual Life Insurance Building:

* August 6, 1906 African American Civic and Business leaders to provide health and accident insurance to Winston Salem African American Tobacco Smokers established Winston Industrial Association.

* Grew to be one of three major businesses owned by African Americans in state during early 1900s.

* 1915 Merged with Mountain City Mutual Life Insurance Company to then become Winston Mutual Life Insurance Company, which was former known as Winston Industrial Association.

* 1969 was the second largest African American owned insurance company in that state.

* Ralph W. Crump Designed the building in 1969.
1985 Winston Mutual merged with Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company who owned the building till 2012.

 Historical facts about East Winston:

* Between 1913-1914 City Hospital was built and a north wing was added in 1922 for African American Patients.

* 1924 Skyland School was built for whites with its park and outdoor swimming pool.

* 1928 Junior League Hospital for Incurables was built on Kentucky Ave.

* Presence of these institutions reflected the stability and growth of the white neighborhood of East Winston at the time.

* By the late teens, additional African American residents began to breach the “color line” in the residential area of East Winston.

* There became threats and even a parade by the Ku Klux Klan

* 1920 few whites recognized that the growing black community would continue to expand within East Winston and so they sold there housed to blacks.

* 1941 Jasper Carpenter became the first black to purchase a house in the white community around City Hospital.

* As a result of his purchase white residents began a mass exodus in 1942 and most were all gone in 12 months.

* 1960 East Winston Became the largest of Winston Salem’s seven major communities with 34,000 people.

*Out of 34,000 of those people 28,700 of them were African American residents.

In conclusion, we hope that you will donate to our efforts to continue our work and to preserve a piece of history.



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Raised by 2 people in 4 months
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Winston Salem, NC
EIN: 473657422
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